Canadian Religion

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The decline in religious Faith in the Canadian Society. Sociology. 2008-05-09. In many societies there are ways to instil rules and accomplish order. Religion is one method used instil morals and adhere to the rules and laws. When referring to the 16th to the 18th centuries in Europe, religion was one of the main methods used by the church and the monarchs to rule the country. With time, the religious systems deteriorated due to different beliefs and the need for freedom, democracy and reason. This point in history was marked as the Enlightenment Era. Enlightenment era was the age of reasoning rather than beliefs and the age of questioning traditional institutions, morals and customs. Today, in Canada religion takes…show more content…
This is because people want the freedom to do as much as they possibly can to express ones self in any way they feel. And with the lack of belief in god, which would be the higher authority if believed in, very few people follow these simple rules set out by the highest of all authorities simply because they want the freedom to do what ever they wish to do and also because there is no authority to stop them because it is believed it’s not until after death that people are either punished by going to hell or rewarded by going to heaven (Vermeulen,…show more content…
Church today is not emphasized as much two or three centuries ago (Gordon, 2008). Two centuries ago people never worked on Sundays as it was “Sabbath day”. People always made sure that on Sunday they went to church and rested. Today, people wouldn’t go to church on Sunday even for a silly reason like if they were too tired. Church or religious services in general today are not promoted enough for society to recognize the importance of these events. A survey conducted by statistics Canada found that between 1986 and 2001 there was a seventeen percent increase in people not attending religious services (26 % and 43 % respectively) (Robinson, 2003). It is estimated that the majority of the Canadian adults will not attend any services by 2011. This rising “religious crisis” could be due to many reasons. For example, many young adults who do not attend religious services regularly could be due to a reason such as not being able to comprehend the material lectured by the priest (Gordon, 2008). Ultimately, this leads to these individual not attending church, mosque, etc. If trends observed today continue, Canada will ultimately face a religious crisis. The majority of the population will be non-followers of a particular religion, and the minority will be the individuals of a particular
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