Key Quotes - Religion/Spirituality

Key Quotes - Religion/Spirituality

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Last update: Wednesday 14th November
 
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
 
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
 
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