ONE THIRD of children in the UK aged between eight and 15 do not
know why we observe Good Friday, and a quarter do not understand
the significance of Easter Day, a poll for the Bible Society
The findings were released last weekend to support the Society's
campaign to halt the decline of Bible literacy. It asked parents to
read a bedtime Bible story to their children for five nights.
The YouGov researchers, who questioned 1082 children online last
month, found that many confused the Easter story with other parts
of the Bible, Aesop's fables, and fairy tales.
More than a quarter (26 per cent) thought that the Golden Goose
or the Hare and the Tortoise (28 per cent) could be part of the
Easter story, and 29 per cent did not know that God raised Jesus
from the dead.
One in eight (13 per cent) believed that Jesus gave his
followers the Ten Commandments.
Three-quarters of those questioned, however, knew that Jesus fed
5000 people with loaves and fishes, and two-thirds thought that he
might walk on water.
Only one fifth did not know that Judas betrayed Jesus, but more
than half (56 per cent) did not know that Judas identified Jesus to
his captors by kissing him. A similar number (48 per cent) were
unaware that Jesus showed love by washing his followers' feet.
The Bible Society's group chief executive, James Catford, said:
"The lack of knowledge about Easter should cause us all
The Society hopes that parents will respond to its five-day
Bible Bedtimes Challenge, and has launched a free app written by
the children's author Martin Coleman.