Posts Tagged ‘Religion’

Australian teens have complex views on religion and spirituality Comments 0

Monday, September 24th, 2018

The 2016 Census suggested about a third of Australian teens had no religion. But ask a teenager themselves about religion, rather than the parent or guardian filling in the census form, and the picture is slightly different. According to our new national survey, at least half of teens say they are “religious nones” – those Read more

Religion is becoming more and more popular Comments 0

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

If you think religion belongs to the past and we live in a new age of reason, you need to check out the facts: 84% of the world’s population identifies with a religious group. Members of this demographic are generally younger and produce more children than those who have no religious affiliation, so the world Read more

Religion-free church lifts your spirits Comments 0

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Congregational meet-ups without the worship can boost wellbeing in the same way as going to church or attending other religious groups, a new study suggests. Whether at the temple, church or mosque, worshipping together has long been linked to better mental and physical health. Read more  Related Posts:Anglican church in Mataura converted into a mosquePastor gives Read more

Younger adults losing religion Comments 0

Thursday, June 21st, 2018
losing religion

There are few spots around the world where parents don’t have to drag their younger adult children to worship: Ghana, a predominantly Christian county is one; Chad, a predominantly Muslim country, is another. In both African nations, younger adults are 3 percentage points more likely to identify with their faith than their elders, according to Read more

Presidential candidate speaks of religion and the soul Comments 0

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Mexico’s Presidential candidate has spoken about religion in his campaign. “The time has come to present a proposal based on the aim that when we obtain the presidency, we must not only seek to achieve material well-being, we must also seek well-being for the soul,” Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says. The favourite to win July’s Read more

Slow evaporation of Christianity in Western Europe Comments 0

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Western Europe, cradle of Protestantism and historical seat of Catholicism, has become one of the most secular regions in the world. This was confirmed by a survey study promoted by the US Pew Research Center on religious faith and practice in Western European countries. The percentage of lapsed Christians is increasing and a look at Read more

Christianity in the Digital Age: New tools to understand emerging cultures Comments 0

Thursday, May 31st, 2018
Digital age

Christians, and other religious communities, have long adapted to changes in media technologies. The emergence of writing, the move from scroll to codex, the printing press, the spread of literacy, the development of electronic media (radio, telephone, film, and television), and the subsequent rise of digital communication (social media, websites, digital publishing) provide obvious examples. Read more

Media blind to nature of religion Comments 0

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Compared with most countries we do rather well in New Zealand with our varied and differentiated public media. National Radio, certainly, is outstanding and on the whole newspapers present a fair range of views on contested matters. The exception seems to be anything to do with religion. The churches appear to be regarded as a Read more

Losing my religion Comments 0

Monday, May 7th, 2018

One day, while our Māori Anglican dad was at work, our Pākehā Catholic mum rushed her brood off to the local priest and had us baptised. Dad clammed up for a bit, but came around. He reckoned it was good we were “something.” Next minute, we were off to weekly Catechism classes in preparation for Read more

Is religion intrinsically violent? Comments 0

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

It has become one of the most commonplace and influential ideas about religion: that it is the cause of much, if not most, of the conflict and violence in the world. While this is not a new idea — religious passions have long been deemed suspect for their potential to causes divisions — the notion Read more