A rise in patriotism and Christian pride has accounted for a rise in the number Anglican churchgoers, a new report has found.
The proportion of people who identify themselves as Church of England worshippers has seen a small rise from 16.3 per cent in 2009 to 17.1 per cent in 2015.
And the report found the number of those who identify as non-religious has decreased in the same period.
William Gairdner on the spiritual logic underlying monotheistic religion:
The secular Westerner looks at the universe and says: “Because there is no God, the universe must have created itself by purely physical means, so there is no ultimate truth, no Why.”
But the Westerner of faith (and the Muslim) says: “As nothing can come from nothing, the universe cannot have created itself, because for anything to create itself, it would have to precede itself in existence – which is clearly a logical impossibility. Hence, the universe must have had a beginning and an eternal or uncreated creator. So absolute truth must exist somewhere, and therefore I must humble myself before this truth and strive to know it in whatever way I can.”
Anyone can follow the logic embedded in this spiritual conclusion without necessarily belonging to an organized religion.