Posts Tagged ‘Religion’

We’re losing our religion…but where do we go from here? Comments 0

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Since around about 1970 in Australia, the trend of people stating they have “No Religion” on the census has been constantly, significantly, increasing – from 1966 when the sliver started to first appear in any noteworthy fashion, to the 2016 census where it had reached 29.6% of the total population. In fact, the “not stated or unclear” is a Read more

Birth of liberal churches an example of religion working as it should Comments 0

Monday, July 20th, 2020
religion working

It was reported earlier this week in the New Zealand Herald the “bisexual daughter of a conservative Christian pastor” has “teamed up with a gay minister to launch a new church where LGBTI people don’t have to hide”. The Auckland-based Open Table Ministries website says: “We would like to plant an Evangelical affirming Church with Read more

Religion remixed Comments 0

Monday, July 6th, 2020

It is often said that we live in a godless age – that Western society is secular and “post-Christian.” In fact, something more nuanced is happening: we remain “religious” but spirituality is both personal and elusive – and outside the institutional status quo. We live in a godless age. Don’t we? The dominant cultural narrative Read more

The coming religion recession Comments 0

Monday, June 29th, 2020
religion recession

As a stir-crazy nation slowly emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, debates about what our “new normal” will be like are intensifying. Will the shock of the lockdown bring a transformative moment of social solidarity? Or tear us apart in tribal strife? Will there be a baby boom or baby bust? More marriages or more divorces? Read more

Against religious nationalism Comments 0

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

In some countries, a form of religious-cultural nationalism is back in vogue. Religion is exploited both to obtain popular support and to launch a political message that is identified with people’s loyalty and devotion to a nation. It is taken for granted that people have in religion a common identity, origin and history, and that Read more

Illogical policy and private religion Comments 0

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

“Always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope you all have. “Give it with courtesy and respect and with a clear conscience, so that those who slander you when you are living a good life in Christ may be proved wrong in the accusations that they bring. “Moreover, Read more

Where’s the Beef? Comments 0

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

“Where’s the beef?” is a catchphrase phrase that originated as a slogan for a fast-food chain. Since then it has become an all-purpose phrase questioning the substance of an idea, event or product. Some are asking where’s the beef in the contention that religious events are riskier than other social occasions? There is no clear Read more

Why religion will look different Comments 0

Monday, May 4th, 2020

Religion is always implicated in times of crisis in manifold ways. Although the present Covid-19 pandemic is still in its early stages, we already see significant religious responses from across New Zealand. But religion doesn’t merely respond to a crisis, it is also reconfigured in the process. Beyond the familiar To understand these reconfigurations, it Read more

How strong a role does religion play in US elections? Comments 0

Monday, March 23rd, 2020
faith and the us presidential election

On March 17, Joe Biden took firm control of the Democratic nomination process, winning primaries Florida, Illinois and Arizona by significant margins. The ongoing coronavirus epidemic is in part responsible, having reshaped voters’ worries and expectations, but the role played by religion in Biden’s resurrection should not be overlooked. Indeed, Biden’s comeback began in South Read more

The decline in religion maybe slowing Comments 0

Monday, February 17th, 2020

In Religion in Public, Melissa Deckman of Washington College finds that the probability of being a religious none in Gen Z (born after 1995) is the same as for Millenials (born between 1981-1994). This bombshell finding sent us running for other datasets. Like all good scientists, we trust, but verify. In this post, we run Read more