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Can the Amish resist the modern world?

The Amish

1989, there were some 100,000 Amish

Today, there are 330,265 Amish according to analysis by academics at Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania.

This is an interesting example of religious renewal and rebirth (late/postmodernism).

Have a read:

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A level – secularisation – So Christianity is no longer the norm?

Here are the key highlights from the article by

  • “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.


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A2: Faith still a potent presence in UK politics – Nick Spencer

Image result for Vladimir Putin The Russian president has increasingly presented himself as a man of serious personal faith, which some suggest is connected to a nationalist agenda. He reportedly prays daily in a small Orthodox chapel

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…

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A2 Beliefs – digital religion

In the postmodern digital age, more and more religious groups are turning to the internet to try and gain customers in this spiritual marketplace:

Joy to the worldExperience #JoyToTheWorld at one of over 34,000 Christmas services taking place in Church of England churches around the country.



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A2 Beliefs – religion causing social change

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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.
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With so few people going to church, they may no longer need to hold Sunday services

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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.

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