there shouldn't be a "religious education" lesson if there isn't going to be a philosophy/politics lesson, or a hybridisation of religion/philosophy and politics
why the *hell* do people think that religion is more influential/important in society than the latter two?! philosophy revolves around logic; religion revolves around "I believe this because my daddy said so", and obviously teaching kids about politics will further encourage informed public voting more so
also, the fact that publicly funded school systems shouldn't be injected with private religious beliefs (taught as fact) is just common sense in 2014, at least we can hope. it is indoctrination of children.
Christianity's Place in the School System Watch
Last edited by zippity.doodah; 19-07-2014 at 15:09.
- 19-07-2014 15:06
(Original post by Hariex)
- 19-07-2014 15:09
- A lot of our values in today's society are due to our Christian heritage. For example, freedom of speech, equality, etc.
- Our hospitals and schools were initially founded by Christians
- Christianity is heavily involved in society: food banks, street pastors, churches - more than any other belief.
- Christianity, historically, has been central in Britain.
I chose the Office for National Statistics as my reference, which described that, in 2011, 59% of people identified as Christian. This marked a 12% decrease since 2001, working out at a rough 1.2% decrease each year.
Now, you are telling us that numbers for Christianity have actually dropped 50% in three years. I have not seen anything in society that could explain this statistical drop, especially when considering how the first New Atheist literature was released in 2006.
You might be interested to know that Islam was recorded to be 4.8% of the population.
This thread was talking about Christianity, not Catholicism specifically.
(Original post by DaveSmith99)
- 19-07-2014 15:24
When it comes to determining religious beliefs, surveys and census data is a bit weird. It massively depends on the wording of the question and many people identify as Christian or whatever religion without actually being religious or having any belief. One YouGov poll was carried out where over 50% of those who identified as Christian did not believe in Christ.
However, I think that, in a debate about Christianity in culture, these figures prove that the majority of people consider Christianity to be something within or around their lives.
- 21-07-2014 13:55
- and 85% of people identified as better than average drivers.
However, turns out 35% of them were wrong.
Same with the christians. In a follow-up study that I'm sure you must be aware of, most of them, when pressed, didn't actually believe in it at all, they just liked the tunes.