What is religion?

Been back in hospital visiting again.

Nearby there was another old lady being admitted.

“Religion”? She was asked. “Sorry Love”? “What religion are you”? “Oh Religion”, she confirmed. “I’m too old really to be bothered with all that”!

She made me chuckle then think, like a Shavian play.

What is “religion”?

There will be those who know the answer to that far better than me…isn’t there?

One of my “youngsters” once told a new comer to the family, “We don’t believe in God, we believe in people”.

Profound I thought.

I was brought up in a Christian culture:Church with Scouts, hymns and prayers at school.

Never did learn the words to Jerusalem by heart.

Nationally only 2% of Christians attend Church regularly, it’s about 5% locally.

But is attending Church religiously, observing a religion?

There’s a great programme on BBC2 at the moment about the Prophet Muhammad, presented by Rageh Omaar, charting the life of the Prophet Muhammad.

It often parallels where Christianity and Islam overlap.

Of course, many of our community locally are followers of Islam and attend mosque to worship very regularly.

We have Hindus locally too, some Jews, and some Humanists. Many of our Christians follow with Catholic, “non conformist” views.

I think we still have a Quakers Friends Meeting Place.

So, lots of different Faiths and none.

It makes you think, doesn’t it?

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6:19pm Wed 20 Jul 11

Republican says...

Yes Bill, there is still a Quaker Meeting House on Paradise Lane in Blackburn.

Statistics show that 70% of people claim to be Christian so perhaps there are more Christians than Church attendance figures apparently show.
Yes Bill, there is still a Quaker Meeting House on Paradise Lane in Blackburn. Statistics show that 70% of people claim to be Christian so perhaps there are more Christians than Church attendance figures apparently show. Republican

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