Posts Tagged ‘secularisation’

More churches than pubs in the UK Comments 0

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

There are now more church buildings than pubs in the UK, according to figures announced last month by the National Churches Trust. But the number of churches overall is falling too, just not as fast. Read more Related Posts:Britons swapping pints for prayersOver 3,000 Egyptian churches’ wait for legal…Archdiocese grapples with reducing number of churchesTrendy new churches Read more

Opening blessing still commonplace at council meetings Comments 0

Monday, September 10th, 2018
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Across New Zealand, 58 regional, district and city councils start their meetings with some sort of blessing, 18 do not. Among those who use some form of blessing, 13 pray, 26 say a karakia, 19 use a mix of both or another blessing and 18 don’t use anything. Massey University’s Professor Peter Lineham, whose research Read more

Failure to consult properly with Christians sees Napier’s Easter trading policy thrown out Comments 0

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Napier City Council has lost a court battle to retain Easter Sunday trading because it carried out public consultation while the Christian community was distracted with advent over the Christmas period. Justice Robert Dobson recently overruled the council’s decision to allow Easter Sunday trading following a High Court judicial hearing last month. Continue reading Related Posts:Will Ed Read more

4 factors that influence secularisation Comments 0

Monday, August 6th, 2018

A team using computer modelling, Future of Religion and Secular Transitions (forest), has found that people tend to secularise when four factors are present: They are: Existential security (you have enough money and food) Personal freedom (you’re free to choose whether to believe or not) Pluralism (you have a welcoming attitude to diversity) Education (you’ve Read more

Study of religious practice in NZ inaccurate Comments 0

Monday, June 25th, 2018
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Victoria University religious studies professor Paul Morris says the study Faith and Belief in New Zealand didn’t get an accurate representation of different ethnicities, particularly Māori and Pacific populations. “It’s a very strange sample because it inconsiderably includes less than our population percentages of Māori and Pacifika, and that may have actually impacted on the result – Read more

National and NZ First criticism of new parliamentary prayer sparks changes Comments 0

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Parliament will open with a new prayer on Tuesday after the Speaker of the House listened to criticism about him removing mention of the Queen and Jesus Christ. While the Queen is back in the new version to be read ahead of Question Time next week, references to Jesus Christ are still on the chopping Read more

Catholics biggest denomination but not fastest-growing Comments 0

Thursday, November 9th, 2017
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According to the last census, Catholics are now the largest Christian denomination in New Zealand. But they are not the fastest- growing. “Here’s the interesting thing,” writes Narelle Henson, “a group called simply “Protestants” by Statistics New Zealand grew by 26.4 percent from the previous census in 2006.” A group called “Evangelical, Born Again and Fundamental” Read more

No one can be forced to attend church services Comments 0

Monday, March 6th, 2017
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The question of Sunday church attendance has been raised in Fiji, in the course of a consultation about village by-laws which is taking place there. Responding suggestions some villagers have made for a village by-law stating that everyone living in villages should attend church every Sunday Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Naipote Katonitabua says no one Read more

Cardinal Jozef De Kesel – secularization as opportunity Comments 0

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Archbishop Jozef De Kesel of Malines-Brussels, Belgium, is one of men who will be made a cardinal this Saturday. In an interview with ZENIT, the cardinal-designate expresses his belief that Christians must “accept wholeheartedly the culture in which we are to accomplish our mission: a pluralistic culture, a secularized society.” “This culture is also an opportunity,” Read more

A sympathetic makeover converts and old church into a home Comments 0

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

The Urlich family live in a piece of history 135 years in the making. They have spent the past decade converting what was St John’s Presbyterian Church in Cromwell into a home. Respect for the former users of the building and those who worked so hard to construct and maintain it underlines the sympathetic makeover. Continue Read more