British Religion in Numbers (BRIN) have an interesting post looking at a survey that asked whether folk had ever consulted a psychic or medium. Surprisingly – at least to me – 75% had consulted a psychic or medium. Of course, there’s a plethora of reasons why someone might consult a psychic, including: ‘just for fun’. And the folk that believe psychics have a genuine ability is very low at 14%.
However, of greater interest to me were the stats looking at how spiritual folk judged themselves; with three-fifths saying they were not at all spiritual.
Does anyone else find this surprisingly low?
I suppose it all depends on how folk define ‘spirituality’, but in the face of the recent ONS poll that found 69% of folk claim to be Christian; this seems contradictory.
Do folk imagine that they can be Christian and yet not spiritual?
Perhaps folk are thinking that as they’re not religious, they’re not spiritual.
It really does surprise me though. We’re always being told of the rise of New Ageism and Eastern spirituality within our culture and yet so many are non-spiritual. Even watching TV and films they seem to be infused with aspects of spirituality; unless of course I’m seeing this when in fact it’s not there.
I don’t know, I’ve got no answers. Any explanations welcome.
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