Monday, March 04, 2013
Religion Question in Census Survey Raises Further Questions - Which Box To Tick?
Check out this study from the UK which shows the reasons why people are Christian. It shows that only a very small percentage are active followers of Jesus or see Jesus as their Lord and Saviour and have accepted him into their heart. This completely skews the statistics. I would suggest that only active followers of Jesus tick the Christian box! It would be so much more accurate to get the number of actual Christians in the statistics, but it would also probably be disturbingly low!
The results presented in the Ispos MORI survey “Religious and Social Attitudes of UK Christians in 2011” show the problem. This survey questioned people who recorded their religion as “Christian” in the 2011 UK Census.
One question was “Which is the one statement that best describes what being a Christian means to you personally?” Nine choices (including “prefer not to say” were provided. The figure below shows the responses.
The other issue I have is knowing which denomination of Christian to tick. These days unlike in the past, denomination is less important. It used to be watch out for those "beautiful baptists". Because so many more people went to church back in the day, denomination was really crucial and sometimes people wouldn't mix with people from another denomination. These days, being a Christian is more important than which denomination. The other problem is if you go to The Street which is a non-denominational church, then which box do you tick?
I was raised in the Presbyterian church, went to the Baptist church for ages and now go to a non-denominational church which used to be Open Brethren. I may just tick Christian.
I am not sure where Jedi fits in as a religion!