Atheism Strong Among Irish College Students
A survey of Irish college students has uncovered some very interesting statistics regarding those students and their changing attitudes towards religion.
The survey revealed that the views of 78.7% students have been negatively affected with regard to how they perceive the Catholic Church after the recent scandals were uncovered.
Shockingly, only 37% respondents admitted to be practicing Catholics. The second group to top the scale were atheists at 20%.
When asked “Do you attend communal religious ceremonies and functions?” the highest response was ‘no’ at 61%, and those who responded ‘yes’ mainly attend only 1-3 times a year.
Another surprising statistic was that whilst 61.5% of the Catholic students who were asked if they take communion said ‘yes’, only 32.2% believe that it’s the body and blood of Christ.
When offered a number of choices for why students don’t follow a religion, the response to top the scale was that they ‘don’t believe in the teachings’ (77.8%) which soared above the choices of ‘peer pressure’ (1%) and ‘a sense of freedom.’
45.2% of students only follow a religion because of their parents influence, yet 40% of the students who took the survey wouldn’t want their children to follow the same religion they were brought up with. Only 13.7% follow a religion due to a strong faith.