February 14, 2003

HOPE FOR THE OLD GIRL YET:

Census proves the force of Christianity (Jonathan Petre, 14/02/2003, Daily Telegraph))
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.


That residual hold of Christianity may be all we need to know to explain why Britain is behaving so much differently than other Western European nations.

ON THE OTHER HAND:

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.


Maybe it's just the Force acting through them?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 14, 2003 9:02 PM
Comments

Odd to think that the third-biggest religious group in Britain is based on 70's movie and its' sequels.

Posted by: M Ali Choudhury at February 15, 2003 8:14 AM

Heck, I would have thought the most popular would have been based on The Wicker Man...

Posted by: oj at February 15, 2003 10:25 AM

I would have concluded that the census proved the tolerance of modern Christianity. Try running that same poll in, say, Pakistan.



JG

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at February 15, 2003 1:33 PM

May the farce be with you.

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at February 16, 2003 12:06 AM
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