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Surveying religious conviction is meaningless

DESPITE THEIR trumpeting by a media determined to jump on anything to “prove” its God-is- dead, long-live-the-media thesis, the findings of this week’s so-called religiosity index poll are all but entirely devoid of meaning.

A Red C press release summarising the results of the WIN-Gallup “global index of religions and atheism” announced on Wednesday that Ireland now rates as one of the world’s “least religious countries”, with fewer than half of us describing ourselves as “religious”.

But what does this mean? The main question of the poll, asked of 51,927 people in 57 countries, was: “Irrespective of whether you attend a place of worship or not, would you say you are a religious person, not a religious person, or a convinced atheist?”

What does the word “religious” actually mean? What, indeed, does “religion” mean?

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I thought this was a particularly interesting article, insofar as the author brings into question the exact definition of "religion." Now that polls everywhere strive to make sense of the increasing defection from organized religion, but the persistence of religion and spiritual experience, it is timely that someone should try to bring the concept of "religion" into sharper focus.

Of course The Urantia Book is all about religion, and we have a nice topical that will give you a good sampling of UB teachings on the subject of religion. Please see THIS LINK.

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