Norway State Church Sees Exodus

Norway’s state church has seen a record fall in membership after making it possible to join and leave the church electronically.

CHR Comment: The historically Lutheran state church is allowing people to leave the church through an online process, which the article describes as cleaning up the rolls. Membership in the state church involves paying taxes to support the institution.

Source: Norway state church sees exodus after allowing online exit – The Washington Post

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Religion Declining, Secularism Surging (Perhaps)

CHR Comment: Phil Zuckerman, Professor of Sociology and Secular Studies, Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, provides an interesting look at the secularization trend described by a variety of polls. However, as I read the article, I wonder whether the polling fully accounts for persons who might described themselves as spiritual but are unaffiliated with a particular religion. He also oddly connects secularization with internet access as though internet use might dispose someone toward secularism. In any event, the anticipated number of church closings he describes in places like Holland are important cultural developments and sure indicators of change. Christians need to view countries with state churches as important mission fields.

Source: Religion Declining, Secularism Surging