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More people in Britain think religion causes harm than believe it does good, according to a Guardian/ICM poll published today.
82% of those questioned say they see religion as a cause of division and tension between people.
Only 16% disagree.
63% say that they are not religious - including more than half of those who describe themselves as Christian.
Older people and women are the most likely to believe in a god, with 37% of women saying they are religious, compared with 29% of men.....
..... Only 13% of those questioned claimed to visit a place of worship at least once a week, with 43% saying they never attended religious services.
Non-Christians are the most regular attenders - 29% say they attend a religious service at least weekly.
Yet Christmas remains a religious festival for many people, with 54% of Christians questioned saying they intended to go to a religious service over the holiday period.
Well-off people are more likely to plan to visit a church at Christmas: 64% of those in the highest economic categories expect to attend, compared with 43% of those in the bottom group.
posted by ubermunche
Sorry but this old canard about religion and how much better the world would be without it doesn't convince me . . [religion] may be a telling fact that we actually could do with some kind of spiritual/religious grounding in our lives. [Edited by Don W]
I'm afraid I don't agree with what ubermunche says in that a more religious UK would be a better UK. Crime and nasty people have been around ever since the dawn of humans, and no matter how religious we are or we aren't it isn't going to go away. Part of the reason it appears to be much worse than, say, fifty years ago is because of the fantastic increases in technology and communication... there were no 24 hour rolling news channels, websites or anything like that back then.
Having said that, let me wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year whatever religion you may or may not be
Originally posted by reaper2
Well christianity is a cause for division, i do believe it say's somewher in the book of matthew that jesus said he has not come to bring peace but to divide people, a son against his father and a daughter against her mother etc