Tags: Religion & Belief
Posted: Thu, 30 May 2013 16:45
The refusal of Baroness Warsi, the "Minister for Faith and Communities" to steer the flagship same-sex marriage bill through the House of Lords was condemned today by the National Secular Society.
Posted: Thu, 30 May 2013 12:35
Over three-quarters of Americans (77%) say religion is losing its influence on American life, while 20% say religion's influence is increasing. These represent Americans' most negative evaluations of the impact of religion since 1970, although similar to the views measured in recent years.
Posted: Wed, 29 May 2013 11:23
An educational revision website has found that almost a quarter of seven to 16-year-olds do not know that Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, and 26% are unaware Christians believed Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
Posted: Thu, 23 May 2013 12:33
A ground-breaking report examining the experiences of nearly 50 British women of all ages, ethnicities, backgrounds and faiths (or no faith) – who have all converted to Islam - was launched in London yesterday by the University of Cambridge.
Posted: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:27
A new report, funded by a number of religious groups and researched and published by Lemos and Crane, recommends that agencies working with homeless people should encourage their clients to go to church and to talk about "faith."
Posted: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:47
Secular doctors have called on the GMC to urgently revise guidance that allows religious doctors to opt out of providing a particular procedure on the grounds of belief.
Posted: Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:48
Scotland, once one of the more pious parts of the British Isles, is rapidly becoming secularised according to a poll commissioned for the Sunday Times and Real Radio Scotland.
Posted: Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:41
Secularists and humanists in the 1960s and 1970s played a critical role in stopping religious education in schools being used for proselytising. That's the claim being made in new research from the University of Exeter.
Posted: Sat, 30 Mar 2013 09:15
The National Secular Society has urged David Cameron to ignore Lord Carey's "theocratic and anti-democratic blustering" after he accused the Prime Minister of making Christians feel marginalised.
Posted: Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:30
The European Court of Human Rights will announce its judgement on four landmark cases of alleged religious discrimination in the workplace on Tuesday 15 January.
Posted: Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:52
Almost half – 49 per cent – of those surveyed earlier this year by the Institute of Education, University of London believe that there is 'definitely' or 'probably' life after death.
Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:43
A YouGov poll for the Sunday Times of 1,642 adults has found that 29% of respondents said they definitely don't believe in God.
Posted: Tue, 09 Oct 2012 15:57
A new opinion poll conducted among 16,000 people in 12 Arab countries shows that only 19 per cent consider themselves to be "profoundly religious".
Posted: Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:22
A large-scale study of Swiss attitudes to religion has been carried out by the University of Lausanne. They discovered the same trends of secularisation occurring in Switzerland as in the rest of Europe.
Posted: Fri, 28 Sep 2012 09:40
A poll of 2,010 Britons, carried out by Angus Reid Public Opinion shows that only 17% say they believe that God created human beings in their present form within the last 10,000 years.
Posted: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:40
On the heels of claims from the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles that Britain is a Christian nation and that the Government intends to find a greater role for religion in policy-making, come two large-scale polls showing that our country is not, by any stretch of the imagination, religious.
Posted: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 11:20
The latest edition of the British Social Attitudes Survey, which will be published on Monday (17 September 2012) will show that only about half of Britons as a whole now say they have a religious affiliation, sharply down from 20 years ago when it was two-thirds. Barely a quarter of young people now identify themselves as religious.
Posted: Fri, 07 Sep 2012 10:28
The European Court of Human Rights hearing on 4 September 2012 has heard accusations from applicants that the UK Government is not upholding freedom of belief.
Posted: Wed, 08 Aug 2012 12:04
According to the latest global poll released by RedC Opinion Poll, part of WIN-Gallup International, a world-wide network of leading opinion pollsters, the number of self-declared atheists in the world has risen by 9% since the measure was last taken in 2005.
Posted: Thu, 07 Jun 2012 14:40
A new Ipsos MRBI poll for the Irish Times shows that although 89 per cent of people in Ireland still describe themselves as 'Catholic', it is not Catholicism as the Pope knows it.