Posts Tagged ‘Christianity and secularism’

More non-believers that Christians in New Zealand Comments 0

Thursday, September 26th, 2019
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The number of people identifying with Christianity has dropped dramatically from 47.65 per cent in the 2013 census to 37.31 per cent in the latest one. The data from last year’s census, released this week, shows that 48.59 per cent of New Zealanders indicated ‘no religion’ in 2018, up from 41.92 per cent in the Read more

Parliamentary prayer: You say “yes” I say “no” Comments 0

Thursday, September 12th, 2019
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Speaker Trevor Mallard does not have any plans to revisit the parliamentary prayer, even though it was less popular among MPs and in public feedback than the previous one. The majority want change. It is just that they were split about what the change should be. Mallard appeared before the governance and administration select committee Read more

Secularism, pluralism: The Church’s role in modern Europe Comments 0

Monday, July 8th, 2019
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Belgian Cardinal, Jozef De Kesel discusses with “New Europe” the role of the Catholic Church in modern Europe. Today’s Europe, where pluralism and secularism have changed the dynamic between Europe’s citizens and their relationship with one of the continent’s oldest institutions. What do you think it means to be Catholic in Europe today? What are Read more

Making Christmas activities at school “biblical” out of line Comments 0

Monday, December 10th, 2018
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Katherine Hogg has no problem with Christmas activities in general at school, but she says making them biblical is “out of line . . . for a secular school.” Hogg kept her 7-year-old son home from school last week to avoid lessons about the Christian origins of Christmas. She said she was unhappy her son’s Read more

Churches turn to political barrow pushing to stay relevant Comments 0

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Karl de Fresne provides examples of statements that strike him as evidence of the mainstream churches desperately searching for relevance in an increasingly secular world, and of deluding themselves that they will find it by pushing fashionable political barrows. Read more Related Posts:German churches hide refugees from policeRural churches struggleThree-fifths of churches in one Canadian diocese may Read more

Where are the world’s most committed Christians Comments 0

Monday, August 27th, 2018
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A newly published study by the Pew Research Center shows Christians in Africa and Latin America tend to pray more frequently, attend religious services more regularly and consider religion more important in their lives than Christians elsewhere in the world. But the United States also have comparatively high levels of committed Christians. The study analysed Read more

NGOs should use more people of faith Comments 0

Monday, August 13th, 2018
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One of the region’s most experienced Pacific journalists suggests that countries such as Australia and New Zealand should use more people of faith in their development programmes. Bruce Hill has for many years reported for RNZ and ABC on Pacific issues. He says current secularism in the more developed nations is not exactly looked on with Read more

A lot of New Zealanders think Christians should act more and talk less Comments 0

Thursday, May 24th, 2018
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Non-Christian New Zealanders feel that Christians could better represent Jesus by letting their actions speak louder than their words, and by living out the values that Jesus represents. This is just one of the many findings contained in the Faith and Belief in New Zealand report released last month. The 67-page report contains a massive Read more

Atheist tells Christians in Tokoroa to do more to keep Christmas alive Comments 0

Monday, April 30th, 2018
Christmas

An atheist is urging Christians to do more to keep Christmas alive in the South Waikato. Tokoroa Christmas Parade coordinator Tony Williams said he’s disappointed by the lack of Christians supporting the annual Carols in the Park event, which coincides with the parade as part of the Tokoroa Big Weekend in December. “I confess to Read more

Christian reference removed from parliamentary prayer Comments 1

Monday, November 13th, 2017

The Archbishop of Wellington, Cardinal John Dew, in expressing his personal view about the removal of a Christian reference in New Zealand’s parliamentary prayer, says that “ While we hope that there would always be a prayer acknowledging the importance of God in our lives, it is important in today’s society to be respectful of Read more