Once again, Nappa makes statements, provides answers from strongly agree to strongly disagree, and then plots the results. He also seeks to probe the issue from a positive affirmation to a negative denial in order to confirm the reliability of the first question.
How do you read these numbers and their importance? Anything surprising here?
1. 66% of Christian teenagers strongly disagree that Jesus “could not have physically come back to life” while 17% somewhat disagree; thus, 17% deny the resurrection. And this is somewhat confirmed when 60% strongly agree Jesus came back to life, with 25% more somewhat agreeing. Again, about 17% are negative on the resurrection.
2. Nappa sorts these questions through denominations and this time pushes back against some denominations represented in this teenage group: Presbyterians (64%), UMC (61%), Baptist (53%), Catholic (47%), Episcopal (40%), and UCC (36%) — strongly affirm resurrection.
3. There is a correlation between views on the Bible and belief in resurrection: The Unshakeables are at 80%, Uncertains at 48%, Unsettleds at 37%, and Unbelieving at 16%.
4. He plots by teenage age too, with the conclusion that as teenagers age the percentage who believe in the resurrection lowers.