Monthly Archives: July 2010

Citizenship Survey, 2009-10 – First Results

Detailed reporting from the 2008-09 Citizenship Survey may not yet be complete (in particular, the topic report on race, religion and equalities is still outstanding), but initial results from all four quarters of the 2009-10 survey were released by the … Continue reading

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Turbulent Times

BRIN readers keen to understand the changing nature of the British Jewish community and its leadership since 1990 will find helpful a book which was published by Continuum on 22 July. Entitled Turbulent Times: The British Jewish Community Today, it … Continue reading

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Professor Alan Gilbert

It is with great sadness that British Religion in Numbers records the death of Professor Alan David Gilbert in hospital in Manchester on 27 July, having suffered from a serious illness for the last few months. He was just 65 … Continue reading

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Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day is the ‘pause’ in BBC Radio 4’s prime-time flagship morning news and current affairs programme Today when invited guests reflect on a topical issue from a religious standpoint. The feature is forty years old this year. … Continue reading

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Vampires in Twilight

Vampires have been in the news a fair bit recently, mainly thanks to the release on 9 July in the UK of Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third motion picture adapted from the Twilight series of vampire-based fantasy romance novels by … Continue reading

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Child Abuse and the Catholic Church

There have already been a couple of BRIN news posts reporting British public attitudes to the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests and alleged cover-ups thereof. ‘Pope Benedict on the Back Foot’ (20 April) featured a YouGov poll … Continue reading

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Getting Data on Scientology

Scientology appears to be in the news at the moment so it seems timely to offer some ideas on how to count Scientology in the UK. Continue reading

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Statistics of Catholic Religious Life

The National Office for Vocation of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has recently published the executive report and appendices for a study of Religious Life in England and Wales undertaken on behalf of the Compass Project, which … Continue reading

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Battle of the Burka

As might have been expected, the recent near-unanimous vote by the lower house of the French Parliament in favour of a ban on the wearing of full-face veils in public has prompted a further test of popular opinion on the … Continue reading

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Why Christians Give

Most church leaders dislike talking about the need to give money, according to a newly-published survey on Christian giving. They tend to sweep financial issues under the carpet and fail to preach inspiring sermons on the subject of generosity. As … Continue reading

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