I thought I’d reblog this as it seems to tie in a bit with what I was saying a few posts back in Pagan Morals.
We humans are mentally very complex – and often contradictory in our beliefs and actions. This must be a real problem for sociologists who often rely on surveys and self-reporting of beliefs.
I have often wondered about the reliability and interpretation of survey data on religious beliefs. In particular the religion question in a UK Census statistic. So I was intrigued by the results presented in the Ispos MORI survey “Religious and Social Attitudes of UKChristians in 2011.” This specifically questioned people who recorded their religion as “Christian” in the 2011 UK Census.
Two questions were interesting:
1: What do you mean by “Christian.”
The questions was “Which is the one statement that best describes what being a Christian means to you personally?” Nine choices (including “prefer not to say” were provided. The figure below shows the responses.
Most people (65%) think the word means something about…
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