Jesus not real according to quarter of Christians

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Nearly a quarter of non-Catholic Christians do not believe Jesus was real, a poll suggests.

Many self-proclaimed Catholics are also sceptical about the Easter story, that Jesus was a real person who died and came back to life and was the son of God, a Panelbase poll of more than 1,000 Scots found.

Some 14 per cent of those who said they are Catholic said Jesus was not real, compared with 23 per cent from the Church of Scotland and other Christian faiths.

Just 37 per cent of Kirk members said Jesus was real, rising to 67 per cent for Catholics and 61 per cent of other Christians.

Overall, 30 per cent of those surveyed believed in Jesus, against 44 per cent who did not and 24 per cent who said they did not know.