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Number of Russian atheists falls by 50%

Poll reveals number of atheists in Russia halves in 3 years.

According to the recent poll conducted by the Russian independent research center Levada in late June, the number of Russians who describe themselves as atheists has fallen sharply – from 26 percent in 2014 to 13 percent today.

Nine percent of participants in the poll said that they considered themselves “very religious,” while 44 percent said they were “partly religious.”

Moreover, the share of those who back the Church’s involvement in state politics has slightly risen – from 26 percent in 2014 to 28 percent today.

In addition, among various popular religions and confessions, Orthodox Christianity came out as the most popular in Russia with the approval of 92 percent of respondents.

Inside an Orthodox church in Russia

74 percent reported positive feelings towards Catholics; 61 percent – towards Protestants; 59 percent – towards Muslims; and 55 percent – towards Jewish people.

However, the comments published on the group’s website point out:

“The increase in the number of believers is not accompanied by sincere faith or understanding of importance of the religion for spiritual life.”

The comments further explain:

“Indirectly, the weakness of Orthodox Christian norms can be confirmed by growing opposition to restrictions imposed during major fasts – such as the restrictions on entertainment, alcohol or sex. The number of people who say that they are not ready to bear this burden has increased up to two times over the past few years.”

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Tim Webb
Tim Webb
July 26, 2017

“Without vision, the people perish”.
There is only one vision; the vision of the Lord Jesus Christ, crucified, dead, and raised again from the dead.
Therein, the only hope for a fallen creation.

Walter Dublanica
Reply to  what
July 27, 2017

Amen. Orthodox priests are expected to be married and they are. This makes a man know the meaning of family.

what
what
Reply to  Walter
July 28, 2017

that’s why many are converting to orthodox in high numbers…..

englishvinal
englishvinal
Reply to  Tim Webb
July 27, 2017

Sure…. don’t forget to tithe!!!

Tim Webb
Tim Webb
Reply to  englishvinal
July 27, 2017

Quite.

“Freely ye have received; freely therefore, give”.

what
what
July 27, 2017

orthodox church is the fastest growing and is the rue faith of god…..

bruce shand
bruce shand
Reply to  what
July 27, 2017

No religion is verifiably true. Except, of course, for the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

englishvinal
englishvinal
Reply to  bruce shand
July 27, 2017

Agreed….. however, religion sponsors a “cement/unity” factor for people.

You may not need or resonate to any religion, neither do I. – But “spiritual guidance” (as long as it is not exploited like “The Biggest Church in the World that exists in Houston Texas and is one of the biggest ‘money vacuums’ in the world for the gullible and scared”) — religion can be a comfort, a mutual respect & unity between individuals.

Andrew Pate
Andrew Pate
July 27, 2017

I am surprised Russians belief in a myth but all to their own and I will stick to mine.

bruce shand
bruce shand
July 27, 2017

Believing in religious fantasy is a good thing?

Gridbald .
Gridbald .
Reply to  bruce shand
July 27, 2017

You prefer the fantasies endemic in the West, Bruce?

bruce shand
bruce shand
Reply to  Gridbald .
July 27, 2017

I’m not sure what fantasies you are referring to but I don’t see engaging yet another fantasy as much of a solution. How about applying reason instead of superstition.

Tim Webb
Tim Webb
Reply to  bruce shand
July 27, 2017

OK. Let us examine the first word in the Torah for a moment. In the palaeo-Hebrew in which the book of Genesis was originally written, this word is “Barasheet”, or “In the beginning” as we translate it. Now PH letters are unique in that each has intrinsic meaning. So if we read this first word that God gave to Moses, we read “The Son of God will die by His own hand upon a cross”. Now, I don’t know whether you understand what God was saying here, but to me at least, it seems pretty clear, and is all the… Read more »

Tim Webb
Tim Webb
Reply to  bruce shand
July 28, 2017

Let us apply reason to the analysis of the first verse in the word of God to man. Each Hebrew letter has a numerical equivalent, much as the letters of any language can be rendered in this way. So Genesis 1, 1 sums to 2701. This is a remarkable number, having only two factors, 37 and 73, which as you see are mirror images, and indeed prime numbers. Each factor may also be rendered as a hexagram, or a star if you prefer; thus Genesis 1, 1 may be pictorially represented as a Star of Stars. 2701 is a triangular… Read more »

Walter Dublanica
July 27, 2017

Orthodoxy is the church Christ founded in the year 33. Can’t get any better then that. And the Orthodox church does not allow any banjo playing of bongo drums in Church. Orthodox church music is sacred .

bruce shand
bruce shand
Reply to  Walter
July 27, 2017

Christ never founded any church.

Tim Webb
Tim Webb
Reply to  bruce shand
July 28, 2017

He founded it with His blood.
“And being in an agony, He prayed more earnestly, and His sweat was as it were, great drops of blood falling down to the ground”.
These are things of which you have not the slightest comprehension, mired as you are in sin, and rebellion.

TheGodless
TheGodless
July 27, 2017

What did everyone expect? Of course this will happen when the majority religion is given governmental power and minorities are increasingly stigmatized and marginalized. I wonder how many atheists have been scared into answering that they aren’t atheists.

andor_2001
andor_2001
July 28, 2017

I live in the religious, but tolerant country, and, to not offend anybody, prefer to say, “I’m agnostic”, to all questions about my religious affiliation.

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