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Old 06-15-2012, 08:28 AM
 
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Canada is in general slightly less religious than the U.S.

~ 16% of Canadians are not member of any religion
~ 15% of Americans are not member of any religion

However Canada is still more religious than most of Europe.

Church attandance is lower in Canada than the U.S. (But this does not mean they are Atheists).
Quebec is very catholic but again church attandance is not that high except on holidays.
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:31 AM
 
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Canada is less religious because it's less rural. They don't have a Bible Belt of straight up dummies like we do, if you excluded them from the US we'd probably be as religious a nation as the UK or Canada.
Not really. In general only western U.S., particularly pacific NW is least religious in the nation (That's mainly because of large Southeast Asian population). Small parts of New England region is slightly less religious too, but still member of a church.

Northeast, Midwest and the South are religious, with the south being the most.

America in general is MUCH more religious than Europeans.
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:44 AM
 
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My guess is those Canadians who claim to be Christian are more likely to go to church only on these three occasions:

1. When they're "hatched" (baptized)
2. "Matched" (married)
3. and "dispatched" (buried)

Those are the words of a now-deceased priest I knew who was speaking of the 1980s-era church-going habits of the residents of Brooklyn, where he grew up.

Other Canadians are probably C&E (Christmas and Easter) Christians.
Quebec may be culturally Catholic, but I think it is anti-clerical, if not anti-Catholic, at the same time.


I don't think the evangelical Christianity associated with modern America, particularly the South, made inroads in Canada.
African Americans are more likely to attend church than white Americans. That is also a reason why church attendance in the South is higher than in other parts of the United States. Perhaps Afro-Canadians are more likely to attend church than white Canadians.

Are you not likely to find church services televised in Canada?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E80TP7vtcdQ

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Old 06-15-2012, 08:49 AM
 
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My guess is those Canadians who claim to be Christian are more likely to go to church on these three occasions:

1. When they're "hatched" (baptized)
2. "Matched" (married)
3. and "dispatched" (buried)

Those are the words of a now-deceased priest I knew who was speaking of the 1980s-era church-going habits of the residents of Brooklyn, where he grew up.

I don't think the evangelical Christianity associated with modern America, particularly the South, made inroads in Canada.
African Americans are more likely to attend church than white Americans. That is also a reason why church attendance in the South is higher than in other parts of the United States. Perhaps Afro-Canadians are more likely to attend church than white Canadians.
In Canada the people most likely to go to church or any type of religious service are immigrants or Canadian-born descendants of fairly recent immigrants.
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:51 AM
 
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I don't think the evangelical Christianity associated with modern America, particularly the South, made inroads in Canada.
African Americans are more likely to attend church than white Americans. That is also a reason why church attendance in the South is higher than in other parts of the United States. Perhaps Afro-Canadians are more likely to attend church than white Canadians.
The conservative, God-fearing evangelical guys we tend to see like Rick Santorum always seem to be white guys, though, and I presume that the congregations in the churches they attend are massively white as well.
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:53 AM
 
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In Canada the people most likely to go to church or any type of religious service are immigrants or Canadian-born descendants of fairly recent immigrants.

I know Montreal has a lot of historic Catholic churches. However, I would guess a lot of them have closed over the last few decades due to declining attendance. And you are probably more likely to find immigrants or their children worshipping in the remaining ones than "native" Quebeckers.
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:54 AM
 
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Quebec may be culturally Catholic, but I think it is anti-clerical, if not anti-Catholic, at the same time.

The biggest problem people in Quebec have is with the church as an institution. Basic Christian values (as taught by Jesus Christ, not as adapted over the centuries) are generally looked upon very favourably.
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:55 AM
 
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The conservative, God-fearing evangelical guys we tend to see like Rick Santorum always seem to be white guys, though, and I presume that the congregations in the churches they attend are massively white as well.

For the record, my Church (Our Lady of Victories) may be the most integrated one in Cleveland. We have whites, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians (mostly Filipino) in attendance.
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:02 AM
 
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Are you not likely to find church services televised in Canada?
The French network of the CBC has televised a Sunday Catholic mass from somewhere in the country for as long as I can remember (more than 40 years, maybe 50 or 60):

Le jour du Seigneur | Radio-Canada.ca

It is a Catholic only show, and I am surprised they haven't changed it to open it up to other religions. The francophone population is still very predominantly Catholic, but it has diversified quite a bit in the recent past.

The English CBC used to have a show called Meeting Place that had services from various religions, but it is no longer on the air.

Of course you also have multiple channels that broadcast services for Hindus, Sikhs, Russian Orthodox, you name it, plus the televangelists (Hour of Power, Benny Hinn) from both here and the States.
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:32 AM
 
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Whats an atheist?
I guess it means you don't believe in any type of highly powerful supernatural God (Jesus, Allah, Buhhda whatever), don't believe what you do is subject to any kind of book/script except the secular laws of the country you live in.

When some dies, his spirit dies completely with his body. Nothing remains. He just ceases to exist in any space. There is no next life.
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