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What Do You Mean When You Say You Are Religious?

The Waterloo Record describes the results of research by University of Waterloo professors on Statistics Canada’s religion statistics. Among the findings:

More than half of Canadians who do not attend religious services regularly practise some religious rituals — meditation, prayer or reading religious texts — at home or other location at least once a month.

Despite the problems with survey data being used to identify religious trends, something the authors comment on extensively, there are fascinating comments about the religious practices of Canadians. Of note:

North Americans are seeing the privatization of religion, [one author] said.

“What people are interested now in is not community, not doctrine, not tradition, but individual experience.”

There’s lots more in the article and several points worth debating in class.

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