Monthly Archives: September 2012

Rating Rowan Williams and Other New Sources

There follows a round-up of British religious statistics published between 26 and 28 September 2012, arranged in order of their date of release. Additionally, it should be noted that, although the Office for National Statistics issued a statistical bulletin on … Continue reading

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September Snippets

Herewith the headlines from five new sources of British religious statistics, arranged in order of their date of release: Creationism versus Evolution Whereas 51% of Americans still believe that God created human beings in their present form within the last … Continue reading

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Science and Technology Committee on the Census

‘MPs have warned that a decision to discontinue the census would have a negative impact on the Government’s social science analysis, as well as social science research in the UK, and that alternative systems for collecting population data may not … Continue reading

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Eighteenth-Century Religious Statistics

The statistical analysis of religion in England and Wales has usually commenced with the mid-nineteenth century, but the first holistic quantification of eighteenth-century religious adherence has now been published, as a contribution to the BRIN project, in Clive Field, ‘Counting Religion … Continue reading

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August YouGov Polls on Political Issues

Herewith a round-up of recent YouGov polls touching on the interaction of religion and politics. ‘Doing God’ The majority of Britons are keen to keep religion apart from politics, according to a study published on 13 September 2012. 81% affirmed … Continue reading

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British Social Attitudes, 2011

The twenty-ninth report from the British Social Attitudes (BSA) Survey was published by NatCen Social Research on 17 September 2012, less than a year after the completion of the fieldwork (June-November 2011) on which it is based. As usual, the … Continue reading

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Anglicans and Attitudes towards Gay Marriage

In a previous post I looked at the long-term attitudes of religious groups in Britain towards the acceptance of same sex relations, showing a clear liberalisation of public opinion in recent decades. The proportion of Anglicans who thought that sexual relations between adults of the same sex was either ‘always wrong’ or ‘almost always wrong’ had fallen from 69.7 per cent in 1983 to 37.4 per cent in 2010. While Anglicans may be more accepting of homosexuality in general, what about their attitudes towards more specific issues of gay rights – particularly those which more directly affect their own church and established social institutions? Continue reading

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