Key Quotes - Religion/Spirituality

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Last update: Sunday 21st January
 
A new survey suggests that, among scientific and technical professionals in the UK, Germany, and France, atheists are in minority. Among the British respondents, almost half catagorised themselves as between spiritual and religious; 21 per cent said that they were agnostic and 25 per cent said that they were atheist.
Religion/SpiritualityChurch Times - 22nd September 2017
 
The BBC reported in August that many Iranian refugees in the Netherlands are converting to Christianity. The report acknowledged that the lives of those who convert from Islam are at the death penalty for apostasy in Islam and that baptism was linked to visa applications. A former Muslim told how the goodness of Christians’ lives had impressed him and helped him explore the Christian faith.
Religion/SpiritualityEvangelicals Now - October 2017
 
71% of 18 to 24-year-olds say they belong to no religion (British Attitudes Survey).
Religion/SpiritualityPremier Youth and Children’s Work - October 2017
 
Just 6 per cent of British adults read or listen to the Bible, pray at least once a week, and go to church at least once a month, a new poll commissioned for the Archbishops’ Council Evangelism Task Force suggests. The survey of 8150 British adults was conducted by ComRes in March and published this week. Just over half (51 per cent) of those responding to the survey defined themselves as Christian. This compares with the latest British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey published last week, which found that 41 per cent of 2129 respondents identified themselves as Christian.
Religion/SpiritualityChurch Times – 15th September 2017
 
Most Britons believe many of the Ten Commandments are “important principles to live by”, according to a new poll. Commandments against murder, theft and lying are most respected by British adults – but keeping the Sabbath day holy is only backed by one in five.
Religion/SpiritualityThe Christian Institute - 27th October 2017
 
The annual British Social Attitudes survey has suggested that for the first time, over half of British adults now describe themselves as having 'no religion', although 'no religion' is not the same as identifying as 'atheist' or 'humanist'. There has been a particularly steep decline in those identifying as Anglican.
Religion/SpiritualityChristian Concern - 8th September 2017
 
A recent survey found 58 per cent of Scots said they had no religion compared with 40 per cent when the survey was carried out in 1999.
Religion/SpiritualityChristianity - August 2017
 
More than 12,000 people responded to premier’s survey.
93% of respondents said they felt their faith was being marginalised by society.
50% say they have personally experienced prejudice as a result of faith.
23% said they feel unable to be open about their belief in the workplace.
18% said Christianity is given the same respect in society as other worldviews and religions.
Religion/SpiritualityChristianity - August 2017
 
A recent survey revealed that many people harbour incredibly negative attitudes to religion. Some 46% of those surveyed said that “religion is a major part of the problem in our world,” whilst 42% think it’s not religion per se but “people of faith” who are the problem.
Religion/SpiritualityInspire issue 114 - July/August 2017
 
The interpretation of sacred texts should be challenged, ‘queer theology’ should be promoted in seminaries and Sunday schools should talk about abortion, according to a report from a taxpayer-funded group. The extraordinary remarks came in a document from Wilton Park, a foreign affairs discussion organisation, tied to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Religion/SpiritualityThe Christian Institute - 28th July 2017
 
The Barnabas Fund has highlighted that a report by Wilton Park (an executive agency of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office) urges reinterpretation of Scripture and the imposition of LGBTI ideology on evangelical Christians in the Global South. The report describes biblical sexual morality has 'hateful' and evangelical Christians in prejudicial terms.
Religion/SpiritualityChristian Concern - 21st July 2017
 
A survey of around 12,000 Christians found that 93% believe their faith is being marginalised in society. Half say they have personally experienced prejudice, and only 29% believe society considers it acceptable for Christians to share their faith.
Religion/SpiritualityChristian Concern - 21st July 2017
 
20 per cent of Latin Americans are now describe themselves as Protestant. 65 per cent of Protestants in South America identify as Pentecostal.
Religion/SpiritualityChristianity - June 2017
 
The number of people identifying as Orthodox Christians in Russia has grown from 37 per cent in 1991 to 71 per cent in 2015.
Religion/SpiritualityChristianity - June 2017
 
Care for the Family and Hope launched a report on 31st March that gives fresh insight into encouraging Christian parents to nurture their children’s faith at home. The research revealed that, despite 95% of parents acknowledging it was largely their responsibility to teach their children Christianity, 92% admitted they could do more. Less than three quarters of parents said they shared Bible stories with their children, and only 27% found it helpful talking about faith with them.
Religion/SpiritualityEvangelicals Now - May 2017
 
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