Going, Going, Gone

While it might have negatives such as being becoming a surveillance-based nanny-state, there’s some good news out of the UK:

An overwhelming number of Britons believe religion does more harm than good while non-believers outnumber believers by nearly two to one, an ICM poll suggested.

Also of note:

Writing separately in The Sun tabloid, the Church of England’s second-highest cleric, Archbishop of York John Sentamu, was optimistic about the implications of Christmas church attendance.

“People are waking up once more to the true meaning of Christmas and making space in their lives to feel a part of it,” he said.

“Something is bringing people back into church and I have a great hope it’s because people are beginning to look past the commercial message of Christmas.”

But in general, The Guardian survey confirmed the overall decline in religious observance in recent years, particularly in Christian denominations: only 13 percent said they visited a place of worship at least once a week.

Forty-three percent said they never attended. Non-Christians attend religious services most regularly (29 percent).

Looks like Archbishop Sentamu isn’t just taking his God on faith; he’s taking an increase in British religiosity on it too. I would bet he’s capable of believing six or more impossible things before high tea.

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