Keeping the faith? Not in Vancouver

Posted by Kendall Harmon

n 1946, a Gallup poll found that 67 percent of Canadians attended church at least once a week. By 1998, the number had fallen to 22 percent, by 2001 to 20 percent.

By contrast, 35 percent of Americans call themselves regular churchgoers.

"Canada looks more like the thoroughly secular countries of Europe than it does its closest neighbor," said Mark Noll, a Notre Dame religion professor who taught at the University of British Columbia.

In a 2001 Canadian census, 42 percent of Vancouver residents said they had no religion.

"B.C. is Canada's California, a resource-rich, mild-climate place to get away from the rest of Canada and enjoy yourself," said John Stackhouse, a professor of religion and culture at Regent College here. "Vancouver is its heart and has one of the lowest church-attendance figures in North America - rivaling San Francisco's."

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Posted February 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. robroy wrote:

Interesting juxtaposition of this with the other article, Christopher Page—Reports of Anglican Church of Canada extinction exaggerated. Whom to believe?

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