Key Quotes - Religion/Spirituality

Key Quotes - Religion/Spirituality

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There are 5.1 million people in the UK who would consider themselves members of churches. There are 50,000 registered churches and 40,000 of those churches have their own building.
Religion/SpiritualityChristianity Inside – October 2018
 
One per cent of Christians in the UK believe that God is female, a new survey by YouGov suggests. The most common perception of the 1219 Christian respondents to the survey was that god had no human gender: 41 per cent held this view. More than one third (36 per cent) said that they believed God to be male; three per cent said that God had a human gender identity that was neither male nor female; and 19 per cent said that they did not know. Christian women were more likely to believe that God was male than Christian men: 41 per cent compared with 30 per cent. A total of 3228 adults took part in the YouGov survey last month.
Religion/SpiritualityChurch Times – 7th September 2018
 
The Prayer Book Society has reported a 40-per-cent increase in its membership. More than 260 people joined the society last year, bringing the total membership to more than 3000.
Religion/SpiritualityChurch Times – 14th September 2018
 
The College of Bishops voted this week to adopt formally the definition of anti-Semitism produced by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).
Religion/SpiritualityChurch Times – 14th September 2018
 
A higher proportion of women are training to become incumbents. Of the ordinands training for incumbency (76 per cent, up from 69 per cent in 2013), 35 per cent were women (up from 29 per cent). Nearly one quarter (23 per cent) of clergy in senior posts- bishop, dean or archdeacon- were women in 2017, compared with 12 per cent in 2012.
Religion/SpiritualityChurch Times - 24th August 2018
 
By 2040 there could be as many as 460 million African Catholics, many millions more than the number of European Catholics.
Religion/SpiritualityChristianity – July 2018
 
In the 2001 census Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims represented 4.6% of the population of England and Wales. This rose to about 7% in 2011 and is expected to be over 10% in the 2021 census. A conservative estimate is that people of these faiths will constitute over a quarter of the population of England and wales by 2050 in only about 30 years time.
Religion/SpiritualityEvangelical now - July 2018
 
A study which sought to understand how American Christians picture the face of God has found that most see the Creator as young, Caucasian, and male. Psychologists from the University of North Carolina asked 511 Christians – 330 men and 181 women – to look through hundreds of pairs of faces to build up a picture of how they imagined God to look.
Religion/SpiritualityChurch Times - 22 June 2018
 
A Freedom of Information Request in April asked Ofsted whether they possessed any evidence of church Sunday schools which ‘promote extremism’ and the nature of that evidence. Ofsted’s reply came on the final deadline of 26 April and revealed that there was no evidence.
Religion/SpiritualityEvangelicalsNow - June 2018
 
A campaign to encourage spontaneous acts of generosity during Lent reached 100,000 people in 172 countries this year: the equivalent of four million acts of kindness, its organisers have estimated.
Religion/SpiritualityChurch Times – 25th May 2018
 
Just seven per cent of UK adults are practising Christians, meaning they pray and read the Bible at least weekly and attend church services at least monthly. In England 22 per cent of adults and 27 per cent of youth believe Jesus Christ is a mythical or fictional character, rather than an actual person who existed in human history.
Religion/SpiritualityPremier Christianity - June 2018
 
The birth of Jesus has been ranked among key historical events people in the UK most wish they had experienced first-hand according to a poll by Casumo.
Religion/SpiritualityPremier Christianity - March 2018
 
The technology giant Google has come under attack after its voice-activated personal assistant Google Home was able to answer the questions “Who is Mohammed?” and “Who is Buddha?” but could not answer “Who is Jesus?”.
Religion/SpiritualityPremier Christianity - March 2018
 
Tracey Crouch, the minister for sport and civil society, has told Christian charities they needn’t worry about hiding their faith while carrying out services.
Religion/SpiritualityPremier Youth and Children’s Work – January 2018
 
Religious people in the United States spend about £900 a year supporting their religious institution; but more than a third feel pressured by peers to do so. This was among the findings of a survey of 875 Christian, Jewish, and Muslim people (of equal numbers) in the country, conducted by the finance blog LendEDU, last month.
Religion/SpiritualityChurch Times – 15th December 2017
 
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