14th June 2008

“Only 20% of Europeans say that God plays an important role in their lives, compared with 60% of Americans. A survey in 2004 found that only 44% of Britons believed in God, whereas 35% (45% among 18-34 year-olds) denied His existence. Only 15% of them go to church each week, against 40% of Americans. Even in the Catholic heartlands of Spain, Italy and Ireland attendance rates have dropped below 20%. And priests are dying out: in Dublin, home to 1m Catholics, precisely one was ordained in 2004.”

The Economist

One Response to “14th June 2008”

  1. Chris Says:

    “When you understand why you reject all other gods, you’ll understand why I reject yours.” Steven F Roberts. Would that more people in America would come around.

    P.S.

    Someone call out the dogs! Eric F is missing. I was kind of looking forward to his thesis on how the bible is the basis for our modern scientific understanding of the natural world. Brings to mind Hypatia, whose namesake posts on this forum. Hypatia, the librarian of the great library of Alexandria – the greatest vessel of knowledge of the ancient west. She was stripped and flayed alive and the meat and bones burned along with most of the great works in the library – we almost lost Plato but for a few scraps that were saved. Who did this? Bishop Cyril, who was made a “saint”, whatever that might mean. A heart warming example of religious wisdom in action.