You know how they say you can make statistics mean anything you want … well the C of E responded to the religious census today, saying ‘Census figures …confirm … that Christianity remains the largest religion in England in 2011, with 31.5 million people (59.4 per cent of the population) self-identifying as Christians.’

Now I’d been listening to this census thing on the car radio, and got the distinct impression from our trusty and oh-so-objective media friends that it was BAD news for us Christians …

The C of E Director of Communications was much more robust: “During the past decade alone the CofE has baptised an average of 2,500 people a week – with a 40% increase in adult baptisms – conducted more than 1000 weddings a week, celebrated the ordination of more than 5,000 new priests and maintained more than 16,000 parish church buildings. While 253 churches closed over the past decade, 1,000 new congregations were started through the Fresh Expressions initiative.

“Today’s figures pose questions – not least for most of the London based national media – about whether their perceptions and reporting of faith accurately reflect the reality of a faithful nation, especially when considering the figures in the North East and North West of the country.”

So there. But my absolute favourite paragraph is the final one …

“Doubtless, campaigning atheist organisations will attempt to minimise the significance of the majority figures for faith and Christianity. In fact, these figures draw attention to the free ride that had been given to these bodies whose total membership would barely fill half of Old Trafford. For instance there are an estimated 28,000 members of British Humanist Association – the same membership as Union of Catholic Mothers, whilst the National Secular Society has an estimated 5,000 – the same as the British Sausage Appreciation Society.”

SAUSAGE APPRECIATION???!!! that is so cheeky

(For the whole text you can  go to  )



  1. I wonder how many baptisms the sausage appreciation society has conducted this year ?
    And I also wonder if there is a vegetarian alternative – otherwise we veggies may feel excluded LOL !! :))


  2. Off the top of my head I would say there are about a billion Christians in the world and maybe 800,000 Moslems.Check me out it might be a good guess. At our last census the C of E was still the biggest church in NZ. Our last census was delayed because of the earthquakes, so it will be a while before we get up-to-date stats.


    1. Found this: ‘A comprehensive demographic study of more than 200 countries finds that there are 2.18 billion Christians of all ages around the world, representing nearly a third of the estimated 2010 global population of 6.9 billion.’ (

      Statistics about Muslims seem to vary from 0.7 billion to over one billion.

      But as Mark Twain says, there are lies, damn lies and statistics 😉


  3. So sorry….I was about to say all sorts of serious stuff until the ….SAUSAGE APPRECIATION?????? came into it!!! Hahahahahahahaha…laughing out loud here, that really tickled me pink!!!!! xxxxx


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