According to a recent poll, 17% of Canadians and 13% of Americans believe that Jesus’ crucifixion was faked, and that he married and had kids, just like Dan Brown tells in The DaVinci Code:
“Andrew Grenville, the polling firm’s senior vice-president, said he was shocked that many Canadians believe the death of Jesus was faked. He said the number was particularly surprising considering only 10% of Canadians identify themselves as atheist or agnostic.
” ‘I would have expected a lot of people to say Jesus never existed, or Jesus was just some guy, but to say the death was faked and he had kids is a very firm position to take. It speaks to the power of storytelling.’ “
I think these figures will only increase after the movie comes out next month. Film is a very powerful medium.
(Hat tip to Michael Pahl for the link.)