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Spiritual Britain worships over 170 different faiths

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    Spiritual Britain worships over 170 different faiths
    By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent
    (Filed: 13/12/2004)

    Britons follow more than 170 different faiths or belief systems, according to newly-published official figures which suggest that spirituality is thriving.

    The huge range of belief, much of it exotic or New Age, has been revealed by the raw statistics collated during the 2001 census, the first national count of religious affiliation.


    Nearly 400,000 registered themselves as Jedi Knights
    The headline findings released last year showed that the overwhelming majority in England and Wales – 71.1 per cent – still regards itself as Christian, with Muslims making up the second largest religious group.

    A number of students, encouraged by a tongue-in-cheek internet campaign, also registered themselves as Jedi Knights, after the fictional characters in the Star Wars films.

    But the complete figures, which have now been published on the Office of National Statistics's website, show that spiritualism and paganism is thriving, and that beliefs range from vodun (voodoo) to the Native American Church, whose worship is based around the peyote, a hallucinogenic cactus.

    The South-East emerged as the capital of fringe faiths and sects, with London and the South-West not far behind.


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    The census found that spiritualism, the belief that the dead can be contacted through mediums, was the eighth largest faith group, with 32,404 people claiming allegiance. The first spiritualist church was established in England at Keighley in Yorkshire in 1853.

    Just behind them were the pagans, with 30,569 supporters, although their numbers rise to nearly 40,000 if wiccans (witches) and druids are included.

    Suzanne Evans, a writer on paganism, said the figures confirmed that it is one of the fastest growing religions in the country.

    She said it was environmentally friendly, treated God as both male and female and regarded sexuality as something to be celebrated.

    Despite its often extensive coverage in the media, Satanism could only muster 1,525 practitioners, with the occult adding a further 99.

    The list contains dozens of subsets of Christianity, from the mainstream denominations to less well known groups, such as the Brethren, the Independent Methodists and the Christadelphians, a Bible-based church dating from the mid-1800s with 2,368 members.

    Also strongly represented are the Jehovah's Witnesses with 70,651 adherents, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), with 12,722.

    Baha'i, which emerged from Islam in the 19th century, has a following of 4,645 and there are 15,132 Jains, the ancient Indian faith.

    Many of the faiths reflect the multi-cultural society that Britain has become.

    The census found that Rastafarians number at least 4,692, the Greek Orthodox has 24,176 followers, the Zoroastrians have 3,738, and even the Amish, best known from the film Witness, starring Harrison Ford, claimed 24 adherents.

    Grace Davie, the professor of sociology at Exeter University, said the most significant feature of the census remained its findings about Christianity. "Whatever you mean by it, the residual attachment to Christianity is huge, and much larger than people had thought," she said.
     
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    Census proves the force of Christianity
    By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent
    (Filed: 14/02/2003)

    Most people in England and Wales - 71.1 per cent - still regard themselves as Christians, the first official count of religious affiliation has found.

    Despite the sharp decline in churchgoing and the growth of secularism, 37.3 million described their religion as Christianity, according to the 2001 Census published yesterday.

    The census, the first to ask a question on religion, confirmed Islam as the second largest faith, with 1.54 million (3.1 per cent).

    It also recorded 552,000 Hindus (1.1 per cent), 329,000 Sikhs (0.6 per cent), 260,000 Jews (0.5), 144,000 Buddhists (0.3) and 150,000 (0.3) from other religions.

    Just over four million refused to answer the question, which was voluntary, and 7.7 million (14.8) said they had no religion.

    Though most of the figures were broadly in line with previous estimates, the census produced some surprises.

    The North East emerged as the most Christian region of the country, although it has one of the lowest rates of church attendance. The North West districts of St Helens, Wigan and Copeland had the highest proportions of Christians (86 per cent or more).

    Even more unexpectedly Norwich in Norfolk, which once boasted having one church for every week of the year, was the least devout place, recording the highest proportion of people of no religion (27.8 per cent). It was followed by Brighton and Hove, and Cambridge.

    The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James, said: "Norwich has a higher than average level of church attendance. So, if it is the least religious place in the country, it has an odd way of showing it.

    "Plainly there is still plenty of scope for further mission but I suspect that what affects the statistics is that Norwich, unlike many cities, has only a very small representation of other faiths."

    Brighton also surfaced as the spiritual home of an unlikely movement which can now claim more adherents than the Sikhs, Jews or Buddhists - the Jedi Knights.

    Star Wars devotees were encouraged by an internet campaign to register themselves as Jedi, intergalactic warriors able to harness a mysterious energy field called the Force, under the misapprehension that, if more than 10,000 did, it would be recognised as an official religion.

    Despite the efforts of census officials to counter the campaign, 390,000 people (0.7 per cent), mostly in university towns, gave their religion as Jedi.

    Len Cook, the Registrar General for England and Wales, said they had been categorised among those who said they had no religion.

    "I suspect this was a decision which will not be challenged greatly," he said. "I think there are other reasons why something should be classed as a religion, rather than a group of people getting together on the internet."

    The highest proportion of Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Jews is in London, with 36.4 per cent of the borough of Tower Hamlets describing themselves as Muslim. However Sikhs are most highly concentrated in Slough.

    Despite the number calling themselves Christian, only about 11 per cent now go to church at least once a month.

    The Bishop of Lichfield, the Rt Rev Keith Sutton, said: "These figures prove as a lie the claims by the National Secular Society and others that England is no longer a Christian country.

    "But welcome as they are, they are a wake-up call to Christian leadership. While the Christian faith remains relevant to the majority of society, the Church is clearly no longer seen as important."
     
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    Is there a website this is linked to?
     
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    :roll: For most people born into Christianity like me, I just think of that religion and my eyes roll :roll:
     
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    Why make such a generalization? And what of Christianity don't you like or is it wat the followers have done to the teachings of Jesus?
     
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    Actually I dont know in case there is any , I just found it randomly
     
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    Street peachers, Bible manipulators... Many people feel this way.
     

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