Key Quotes - Religion/Spirituality

Key Quotes - Religion/Spirituality

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Last update: Friday 19th July
 
Upsetting Muslims and Christians alike in a speech on 20 November, Imran Khan claimed there is no historical record of Jesus Christ. This could have been a slip of the tongue by the Oxford University-educated leader of the centrist PTI party, but has been viewed as a direct attack on the Christian faith by Pakistani Christians, who number as many as three million in the country.
Religion/SpiritualityEvangelicals Now January 2019
 
Religious education lessons about Jesus should include the way Muslims and Jews view him as a prophet and an investigation of his Jewish identity, experts have said. Academics think that showing pupils a range of perspectives on Jesus from different individuals and groups will make religious education more rigorous and encourage pupils to have empathy with others.

Religion/SpiritualityYouth and Children’s Work, February 2019.
 
The Iraqi government has officially declared 25th December a public holiday. In a country that is now 95% Muslim, this comes as encouraging news for the 300,000 Christians who live in Iraq. All citizens of the nation will now mark Christmas Day as a national holiday, as opposed to just Christians.
Religion/SpiritualityChristian Concern - 4th January 2019
 
Recent statistics published by YouGov suggest only 36 per cent of Christians think God is male. The study, which asked more than 1,000 Christians their views on the gender identity of God, also found 41 per cent believe God has no gender at all.
Religion/SpiritualityChristianity – November 2018
 
More than a third of adult Christians in the UK do not pray for miracles, new statistics have revealed. A survey by ComRes found 37 per cent of believers have never asked God for a miraculous act. Commissioned by BBC Local Radio, the survey concluded that 59 per cent of people identifying as Christian have requested a miracle, while 29 per cent said their prayer was answered. Assessing the general UK population, it found 62 per cent of people believe miracles are possible, with 43 per cent saying they have prayed for one at least once.
Religion/SpiritualityChristianity – November 2018
 
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
 
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