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Atheism Strong Among Irish College Students

A survey of Irish college students has uncovered some very interesting statistics regarding those  students and their changing attitudes towards religion.

The survey revealed that the views of 78.7% students have been negatively affected with regard to how they perceive the Catholic Church after the recent scandals were uncovered.

Shockingly, only 37% respondents admitted to be practicing Catholics. The second group to top the scale were atheists at 20%.

When asked “Do you attend communal religious ceremonies and functions?” the highest response was ‘no’ at 61%, and those who responded ‘yes’ mainly attend only 1-3 times a year.

Another surprising statistic was that whilst 61.5% of the Catholic students who were asked if they take communion said ‘yes’, only 32.2% believe that it’s the body and blood of Christ.

When offered a number of choices for why students don’t follow a religion, the response to top the scale was that they ‘don’t believe in the teachings’ (77.8%) which soared above the choices of ‘peer pressure’ (1%) and ‘a sense of freedom.’

45.2% of students only follow a religion because of their parents influence, yet 40% of the students who took the survey wouldn’t want their children to follow the same religion they were brought up with. Only 13.7% follow a religion due to a strong faith.

Read more: http://www.irishcentral.com/news/20-percent-of-Irish-college-students-are-atheist-only-37-percent-are-Catholic-219386881.html#ixzz2c9dt3uao