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‘Rumours of God’s death are greatly exaggerated’

Despite surveys and media reports, Ron Ferguson believes faith is not dead.

ARE you losing your religion? Have you lost it? Or have you never had religion? As the song by the American rock band REM says: “That’s me in the corner, That’s me in the spotlight, losing my religion.”

The reason I’m asking this question is that a recent survey has revealed that more than half of people in Scotland now have no religion. Findings from the Scottish Social Attitudes survey show 52 per cent of people say they are not religious, compared with 40 per cent in 1999 when the survey began.

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In this month's issue: 150 Years of Scripture Union and the anniversary celebrations. General Assembly: 10 pages of reports and pictures from the Assembly, Fringe and Heart and Soul. An Offshore Parish: The chaplain to the UK's oil and gas industry.