Here are the key highlights from the article by Peter Ormerod (link below).
- “Christianity as a default, as a norm, is gone, and probably gone for good,” Prof Stephen Bullivant
- Ormerod argues that it’s a mistake to assume that under 30s have changed that drastically because there is a significant evidence that they are still willing to wholeheartedly embrace alternatives to religion.
- Older generations are not completely embracing rationality either because new age movements such as astrology are enjoying a renaissance
- Linda Woodhead points out that although lots of British teenagers identify that they have no religion, most don’t describe themselves as atheists.
From The Guardian:
Faith remains a potent presence at the highest level of UK politics despite a growing proportion of the country’s population defining themselves as non-religious, according to the author of a new book examining the faith of prominent politicians.
Nick Spencer, research director of the Theos thinktank and the lead author of The Mighty and the Almighty: How Political Leaders Do God, uses the example that all but one of Britain’s six prime ministers in the past four decades have been practising Christians to make his point.
So, this is a very good example of how the extent of secularisation has perhaps been exaggerated…
Read on: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/13/religion-faith-still-a-potent-presence-in-uk-politics-says-author?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Email
In the postmodern digital age, more and more religious groups are turning to the internet to try and gain customers in this spiritual marketplace:
Experience #JoyToTheWorld at one of over 34,000 Christmas services taking place in Church of England churches around the country.
In class we discussed the example of the Liberation Theologists who are used as an example of how religious groups can sometimes help create social change. There are many other examples of religious leaders having a massive influence on social change such as Martin Luther King and Desmond Tutu. Harry kindly emailed me the example of the Vladimir Petrek – here is his email:
The assassination of Reinhard Heydrich was called Operation Anthropoid and is an extremely moving tale of courage and selflessness. I highly recommend the movie ‘Anthropoid’.
Vladimír Petřek, priest of the Czech Orthodox Church, was executed in 1942 for sheltering the Czechoslovakian resistance fighters who assassinated Reinhard Heydrich, ‘the butcher of Prague’. Heydrich was the highest ranking Nazi official ever to be assassinated and is considered to be the leading architect of ‘the Final Solution to the Jewish Question’, having set in motion the extermination of all European Jews. Unfortunately, the SS found out the rebels were hiding in the church and stormed the building. The rebels held the church and fought back for over 6 hours before finally being defeated.
Like with most topics, when you are evaluating these examples you need to consider the extent of social change religions create.
Read the rest of this for h/w please:
From The Independent:
The Church of England is considering scrapping a law that requires churches to hold services on Sunday, after a big drop in the number of people going to church.
A paper posted on the organisation’s website reveals leaders are discussing plans to relax the centuries-old law that states services must take place every Sunday.
Read on: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/church-of-england-laws-end-sunday-services-vicars-archbishops-a7367226.html
For those not going on the trip, please could you answer the following 10 mark question:
Outline and explain two reasons why there is dispute over the definition of religion.
In the exam you will have 15 minutes to answer this question. You only need to write a very brief intro and conclusion, the most important part are the two paragraphs identifying reason 1 and reason 2.
Please email answer to firstname.lastname@example.org