Key Quotes - Religion/Spirituality

Key Quotes - Religion/Spirituality

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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
 
Ireland remains one of the most religious countries in Europe, despite a decade or more of scandals and a notable decline in church attendance, a European study suggests. Almost 30% (29.9) of those who responded said that they attended church services on a weekly basis; 4.1% attended more than once a week; and 1.8% were daily worshippers, bringing the total of regular churchgoers to 35.8%.
Religion/SpiritualityChurch Times - 10th November 2017
 
The use of ‘gender-neutral’ language to refer to God is being encouraged by the Church of Sweden, after a change in policy. Clergy are urged to use the term “God” during church services instead of “He” or “the Lord”.
Religion/SpiritualityThe Christian Institute - 1st December 2017
 
For the first time on record, more than half of the UK population has no religion. That’s according to the latest British Social Attitudes survey. The proportion professing to be non-religious has gradually increased from 31% in 1983 to 53% today. The survey also found only 15% of people in Britain now describe themselves as Anglican, compared to 30% in 2000.
Religion/SpiritualityPremier Christianity - October 2017
 
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
 
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