You know what they say about statistics – well I won’t repeat it but it is not complementary.
There are a lot of statistics, fuelled by some bias, about a decline in Christianity.
It just depends where you are speaking about. Some places are in decline, some areas are seeing a boom in Christianity.
But it is interesting that in the United States, the latest survey shows that while the number of Americans who are religiously unaffiliated is growing Americans hold more positive views of religion’s role overall.
Fifty-five percent say churches and religious organisations do more good than harm in society (compared with 20 percent of people who think it does more harm than good). Similar majorities say religious organisations strengthen morality in society (53 percent), and half say they bring people together.
That is, of course, if you believe in statistics.
There is always the possibility that you are the one exception to the numbers.
I’m Russell Powell for the NSW Council of Churches.