Who are the Non-Christians who Believe in the Resurrection of Christ?

Reports of the BBC’s poll on belief or otherwise in the resurrection of Christ have tended to concentrate on that headline figure that about a quarter of people who describe themselves as being Christian do not believe that Christ rose from the dead. But little has been said about what seems to me to be the most astounding statistic, that roughly 10% of non-Christians do believe in the resurrection.

There is nothing remarkable about the figures for Christians. Bear in mind that most of the people who described themselves as Christians said they never go to church. Once they are removed from the Christian category it transpires that something in the region of 90% of Christians believe in the resurrection. The ones who never go to church almost certainly describe themselves as Christian for what one might call cultural rather than religious reasons. And the few practising Christians who do not believe in the resurrection have always been around, particularly in the Church of England. Their take on all this is entirely understandable. They think Christ’s teaching was wonderful (all that stuff about loving your neighbour, turning the other cheek and so on is obviously excellent), but, come on, they say, no one can believe a dead man can rise again. And, of course, they can point to a few well-known Anglican bishops who shared their view that the resurrection never happened.

There is nothing noteworthy in the figures for Christians. But I do have great difficulty in understanding those 10% or so of non-Christians who say they believe Christ died and then rose from the dead. How, I ask myself, can one believe in the resurrection but claim not to be a Christian?

Maybe you can give me the answer. I do hope so.



4 thoughts on “Who are the Non-Christians who Believe in the Resurrection of Christ?

  1. At the time when the Greek scholars wrote all this stuff down, the spiritual concept of someone rising from the dead was not overly remarkable.
    If such a tale was told of such an event in the past 300 years it would be scoffed at – and quite rightly. As for ascending to ‘Heaven’ with a band of angels; well, it’s embarrassing.
    As you will gather, I’m not a Christian, or an anything religious, but I do think that the basic principles of Christianity, as laid down in the Ten Commandments, are excellent rules for living. No other religion sets it out so clearly and unequivocally.
    It’s a chance in a million, that He was not fully dead when taken down and so the story of Resurrection was born. I believe it’s simply a metaphor, structured for those who cannot quite grasp the forgiveness of sin and the chance for another go at a decent life.


  2. The problem is that if Jesus wasn’t the son of God, he wasn’t a great teacher, he was a pathological liar to duped the people he was with. If he isn’t the son of God he becomes not a great teacher but a con man who spun a web of lies to keep himself at the centre of attention.

    So I’ve never been able to understand the position which says that obviously he wasn’t the son of God but he was a great teacher and worth listening to.

    With regard to those who aren’t Christians but who don’t believe in the resurrection I suspect it’s that they have made a decision (consciously or unconsciously) not to follow Christ because they begin to suspect that he would expect them to make changes in their lives. For example they might not be able to cope with the mocking of skeptical friends. (The Screwtape letters covers this nicely)
    I think it’s the same with those who think he’s just a dead philosopher who had some nice ideas. Dead philosophers don’t challenge you to ‘take up your cross and follow’ with quite the same authority that the son of God does.


  3. The survey was commissioned by the BBC to marginalise and discredit Christianity. They manipulated the questions and results in order to claim that many Christians don’t believe in the Resurrection. The data was so badly mangled that it threw out the by-product that lots of non-christians DO believe in the Resurrection.

    There is a name for this style of data processing: GIGO. Garbage In-Garbage Out. The liberals at the BBC were too thick to notice that they were producing Garbage-Out.


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