Sunday, April 24, 2016

Most Norway Church members 'not Christian'

Less than half of the 3.8m baptised members of the Church of Norway consider themselves Christians, according to a new poll for Aftenposten newspaper.

This compared to 33 percent, who said they were atheist, 14 percent who said they believed only in a “a creator”, and one percent who said they were active followers of another faith. 
Helga Haugland Byfuglien, Praeses of the Norwegian Bishops’ Conference, said that the result was not surprising. 
“We recognise that we as a church are challenged by new trends at this time,” she said. 
“Many feel that being a Christian requires a special devotion with a requirement for dedicated and active participation. But there are many nuances when it comes to faith, and for many the church means a lot as a bearer of tradition and culture.”  
Andres Vassenden, a sociologist of religion at the University of Stavanger, said that Norwegians' attitude to religion was “complex”. 
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Helga Haugland Byfuglien, praeses of the Norwegian Bishops’ Conference celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Norway's King and Queen in January. Vegard Wivestad Gr√łtt / NTB scanpix

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