Harriet Sherwood has recently published a summary of facts and figures about global religious affiliation in the Guardian. As she points out, ‘faith is on the rise’ and ‘84% of the global population identifies with a religious group’.
A recent research study by Holly Oxlander at Baylor University shows that religion and spirituality are very closely intertwined with mental health issues. This emerged very clearly from interviews with 55 racially diverse young adults.
A significant shift away from religion is going on in Western society. Though this is patchy, and some aspects of religion are being abandoned more than others, many people still have a general belief in ‘something more’ (whether or not they call it God) and in an afte...
A recent poll about prayer conducted by Comres and commissioned by Tearfund finds that prayer is still very common. About half the population still pray, at least occasionally. That is a higher figure than perhaps most would have expected.