Massive global surveys by reputable organizations have shown that every country has a percentage of people who embrace religion, a percentage of people who reject religion, and thirdly, a middle, made up of those who are indifferent, or uncertain. These numbers ebb and flow, depending on personal, cultural, and governmental factors.
The new Canadian census demonstrates that Canada reflects this pattern of people across the planet, in variously embracing or rejecting religion. Almost eight out of ten Canadians (76 percent) identify with a religion. However, as we are aware, mainline Protestant groups are experiencing declines, primarily because of aging. For example, approximately six percent of Canadians name the United Church as their religion in the new census. This is down from much higher percentages.
Exerpted from the May 8th, 2013 Globe and Mail, by Reginald Bibby Religion in Canada is changing, but it’s not being abandoned. Full article
Looking for more background material on the current state of ‘the church in Canada?’
Reginald Bibby, noted Canadian sociologist and writer on the Canadian church and religious trends, has published a short (about 60 pages) e-book entitled “A New Day: The Resilience and Restructuring of the Religion in Canada.” Much of this may be familiar to you, but it also is a useful adjunct to the report in the United Church of Canada’s General Council Workbook, “State of the Church.” You can download the e-book for free at www.reginaldbibby.com (from the UCC website).