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Old 09-29-2013, 07:18 PM
 
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Do you remember Canada as more religious, say 20 or 25 years ago, than now?
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Old 09-29-2013, 07:53 PM
 
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Overall the same although Quebec has become more secular since the Quiet Revolution in the 70s.

Religion in the western world has slightly decline (not necessary higher rate of atheism) - just that less people go to church.
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Old 09-29-2013, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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Do you remember Canada as more religious, say 20 or 25 years ago, than now?
Much more religious.
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I wouldn't say Canada is less religous now. Christianity might be declining but other religions are certainly not. The South Asian community (the largest visible minority in Canada, almost half) is growing and they are very religous. Islam, Hinduism and sikhism are steadily growing in Canada and if current imigration patterns stay the same, those religions might be the majority in the next 20 years. Atleast in major cities, its almost like that now in some places.

For some people their religions is also their cultural, ethnic and in some cases even political identity. People don't give that up very easily. I don't see certain communities becoming secular anytime soon. And if we look at old south Asian communities in other regions of the world, they remain very reglious even after many generations, even centuries.

Im not saying its a bad thing, Im not saying its a good thing. All im saying is the Religion is alive and well and growing in Canada. It is what it is.

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Old 09-29-2013, 09:55 PM
 
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More people are declaring to be of no religion, and the percentage that are Christian or Jewish has gone down. However a lot of socially conservative immigrants have come since then, and the number of Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs etc. has gone up significantly. The influx of Filipinos has at least served to offset if not reverse the number of religious Catholics. Overall, it's probably about the same.
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Alberta, Canada
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What do you mean by "religious"? I can think of a few answers.

-- Attendance at religious services at a house of worship on a weekly basis? Probably more 20 years ago.

-- People attempting to proselytize, to sell their faith to others? Probably about the same.

-- Religion's influence on politics and current affairs? Probably about the same (i.e. little to none).
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I would tend to say that overall things are about the same, but there have been shifts within the various population groups.

The total number of Canadians who regularly attend religious services may not have dropped that much, but who is going and to what kind of service has changed fairly dramatically.

Religious practice by native-born Canadians (your traditional English Canadians and French Canadians) has dropped significantly. This has had a big effect on the denominations that these groups have traditionally been a part of: Protestant/United/Anglican/Catholic for English Canadians and Catholic for French Canadians.

The Catholic church has still been able to maintain itself reasonably well because many of the immigrant groups to Canada tend to be Catholic and continue to practice. Also some more established allophone groups in Canada (Italian, Portuguese, etc.) tend to not abandon religion as quickly as English and French Canadians do.

So the non-Catholic anglo religious groups like United, Anglican, etc. are in the toughest position from what I observe.

Of course, the biggest and most visible increases are with non-Christian religions such as Islam and a few others.
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Old 09-30-2013, 09:53 AM
 
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Funny that I was going to originally post that religion has been declining. However, UrbanLuis is correct in their assessment that as the country's ethnicity changes, a large number of immigrants are still practicing their faith.

And the more I thought about it, I can't really say that I think Christianity is declining either. I think it has changed substantively though. Whereas the majority of Christians kept their Protestant or Catholic Churches reasonably busy on Sundays, they have subsequently flocked to these evangelical mega-churches that have sprung up in the last 10 years or so.

In fact, one could even think that Christianity is growing due to the rise of the evangelical movement. They present a compelling model in our society, as the "wealth gospel" espoused by many of them allows people to reconcile their materialistic lifestyle with faith. God wants you to be successful and wealthy (just like many of the pastors), regardless of if that happens to match the message delivered in the Bible.
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Old 09-30-2013, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Funny that I was going to originally post that religion has been declining. However, UrbanLuis is correct in their assessment that as the country's ethnicity changes, a large number of immigrants are still practicing their faith.

And the more I thought about it, I can't really say that I think Christianity is declining either. I think it has changed substantively though. Whereas the majority of Christians kept their Protestant or Catholic Churches reasonably busy on Sundays, they have subsequently flocked to these evangelical mega-churches that have sprung up in the last 10 years or so.

In fact, one could even think that Christianity is growing due to the rise of the evangelical movement. They present a compelling model in our society, as the "wealth gospel" espoused by many of them allows people to reconcile their materialistic lifestyle with faith. God wants you to be successful and wealthy (just like many of the pastors), regardless of if that happens to match the message delivered in the Bible.
Good points! I have noticed this too.
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:36 AM
 
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This Stats Canada article sums it up pretty well.

96F0030XIE2001015 - Religions in Canada
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