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Offline Quetzalcoatl

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New research confirms substantial majority of Scottish people are not religious and not spiritual

A new report, commissioned by Humanist Society Scotland, reveals that a substantial majority (59%) of Scottish people do not hold either religious or spiritual beliefs. The research carried out by Survation, polled over 1,000 Scottish residents about a range of issues relating to their religious affiliations and beliefs.

The report’s key findings are:

  • Most people in Scotland self identify as non-religious (59%)
  • Women are more likely to be non-religious (62%) than men (55%)
  • Most people in Scotland do not believe in life after death (51%)
  • The majority of the Scottish public do not believe in angels (60%), evil spirits (65%) or divine miracles from God (67%)
  • Most people in Scotland never pray (53%)
  • 60% reporting they never attended church outside of weddings or funerals they are attending

Interesting. The findings of this survey also goes against what I understand is the general findings in sociology of religion, that on average, everything else being equal, women tend to be more religious than men. It would be interesting to know why Scotland seems to deviate from that.

Scotland seems like a nice place. But they still have their opposition to GMOs... :(
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Offline Tassie Dave

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  • Most people in Scotland self identify as non-religious (59%)
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  • Most people in Scotland never pray (53%)

What do the 6% that are Non-religious pray to?  ??? Whisky makers, Golf, Haggis  ;)

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  • Most people in Scotland self identify as non-religious (59%)
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  • Most people in Scotland never pray (53%)

What do the 6% that are Non-religious pray to?  ??? Whisky makers, Golf, Haggis  ;)
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  • Most people in Scotland self identify as non-religious (59%)
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  • Most people in Scotland never pray (53%)

What do the 6% that are Non-religious pray to?  ??? Whisky makers, Golf, Haggis  ;)

There are people who are not adherents of any specific religion, but who believe in some sort of higher power. It is pretty common, see this data from Europe.
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They have no need for religion, they're too busy traveling through time via magical rocks in the forest.

 

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