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What does respondent believe the nature of Jesus to be? Is Jesus a historical figure? Is Jesus a historical figure? Is Jesus the son of God? Any question that discusses the nature of Jesus would be of interest. 

Below are 35 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 8 types:

[ Died on Cross? | God Revealed | How Special? | Jewish? | Miraculous Powers | Resurrection | Son of God | Virgin Birth ]

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Category 1:Died on Cross?
 

This question type asks the respondent if Jesus died on the cross.

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CROSS from ABC News Religion Poll, 1997

JESUSDIE from News Interest Index, March 2004


Category 2:God Revealed
 

This question type asks respondents if God has been "fully revealed" in Jesus.

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GODRVEAL from Religion and Politics Survey, 2000

GDNATURE from Arts and Religion Survey, 1999

EXPRVEAL from Arts and Religion Survey, 1999


Category 3:How Special?
 

This question type provides a range of options regarding how special/unique Jesus was, often ranging from Jesus as a fictional character to the son of God.

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Q24 from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

JESUSCHR from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 2 (2005)

JESUSCHR from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 3 (2007-2008)

ARBL_1 from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006

YJESUS from Young Adolescents and Their Parents: A National Study, 1984 - Youth Component

BELVJESU from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963

JESUS from Religion and Diversity Survey, 2002-2003

RELGC2 from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1986

RELGC2 from Dimensions of Religious Commitment, 1987


Category 4:Jewish?
 

This question type asks respondents if Jesus was born a Jew.

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BORNAJEW from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963


Category 5:Miraculous Powers
 

This question type asks the respondent whether he or she believes that Jesus possessed a particular power or performed a particular miracle (excluding the resurrection)

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WLKONWTR from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963


Category 6:Resurrection
 

This question type asks respondents their opinion regarding the ressurection of Jesus.

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RA_5A from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006

ROSEDEAD from ABC News Religion Poll, 1997

ROSEDEAD from News Interest Index, March 2004

RESSHOAX from Salt Lake City and San Francisco Surveys of Mormons, 1967-1969 (Salt Lake City Sample)

RESSHOAX from Salt Lake City and San Francisco Surveys of Mormons, 1967-1969 (San Francisco Sample)

BELRESUR from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 2005

GCTHROSE from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 2005

RESURREC from Survey of Chicago Catholics, 2007

GDCTH_1 from Survey of Chicago Catholics, 2007

GCNOROSE from Gallup Poll of Catholics, 1999


Category 7:Son of God
 

This question type asks the respondent if Jesus is the son of God.

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SONGOD from ABC News Religion Poll, 1997

JESUS from Southern Focus Poll, Non-South Survey, Fall 1999

JESUSDIV from Salt Lake City and San Francisco Surveys of Mormons, 1967-1969 (Salt Lake City Sample)

DIVINE from Religious Fundamentalism Scale, 1988

JESUSDIV from Salt Lake City and San Francisco Surveys of Mormons, 1967-1969 (San Francisco Sample)

JESUS from Southern Focus Poll, South Survey, Fall 1999

DIVINE from Religious Fundamentalism Scale, 1986

DIVINE from Religious Fundamentalism Scale, 1987


Category 8:Virgin Birth
 

This question type asks specifically about the virgin birth. Note: many questions include the concept of the virgin birth as part of a larger statement about the nature of Jesus. See "Son of God."

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BORNVIRG from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963



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