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Most Germans won't go to church this Christmas

The Local · 18 Dec 2011, 11:03

Published: 18 Dec 2011 11:03 GMT+01:00

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The survey of 1,004 Germans showed that 46 percent wanted to attend a church service, but 53 percent did not.

The poll, conduced between December 7 and 8, showed that 63 percent of Germans surveyed believe in God. The largest number of believers, with 74 percent, came from supporters of Germany’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU) parties.

But some 61 percent of Green Party voters said they believed in God, while 58 percent of the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) and 54 percent of the pro-business Free Democratic Party also believed in God. The most non-believers were in the socialist Left party, with 39 percent saying they believed in a higher power.

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12:25 December 18, 2011 by storymann
I go to services on Easter and Christmas as my wife and children insist on it but I think it is a bit hypocritical on my part.
13:07 December 18, 2011 by Joseph Thomas
I assume you do it at least out of love for your wife and children, which is not hypocritical. Everyone's reason for doing everything we do varies....which is no different for church attendance. I attend weekly Mass with many hundreds, and I don't see hypocracy amongst any of them. Churches are full of people who aren't there because they think they are better than everyone else, but are there because they know they are not. (Like me). Your awareness that your motives aren't possibly in full spiritual sync with a creator makes you a perfect fit for church. If you don't believe in God at all, that doesn't alter the Truth if there is one, which of course I'm among the 63%. Keep your heart open. We all need to in this disturbed world of ours. At least enjoy being together with your family!!...and be thankful for having them (who you are thankful to....will come to you eventually one way or another.)
13:21 December 18, 2011 by storymann
Thank you for taking the time to point out issues I should have considered.
17:30 December 18, 2011 by Juanbautista
@storyman, Joseph Thomas was right. There's nothing hypocritical about a sinner going to the church, it's actually the main reason why you enter it--to receive God's mercy and grace. Without that no one, not even the Pope will be able to enter God's kingdom. Always remember that we are all sinners and nobody will make it using one's own ability and strength. This is the reason why Jesus Christ was born, to die on our behalf. Otherwise, man is forever doomed. Keep it up, Jesus will help you through.
18:43 December 18, 2011 by The-ex-pat
The main reason why you enter it--to receive God's mercy and grace.----------I chose to leave my seat free just in case the rapists, pedophiles, murders and politicians of this world feel the need for God's mercy and grace..........
18:55 December 18, 2011 by Jeffvm
Of course storymann should join his family to church if that makes them happy, but I hope that his children are learning that there are also other, opposed religions, and that there is also a choice to have no religion at all, and that a child is free to choose his/her path.

>There's nothing hypocritical about a sinner going to the church

I can't get my mind around how some religious people can insult non-believers this way and still claim some kind of moral high ground. In their minds, anyone not adhering to their particular brand of belief is a sinner, until prostrating to their god. I'm not religious myself, yet wish all believers all the best and a merry Christimas - but to realise that they look down upon you as pityful sinners who have not seen the light is terrible. I prefer to be good and moral without a god, out of my own free will, not based on mix of fear/love of a creator who needed to kill his son to make an important point.
20:29 December 18, 2011 by taxpayerrr
We are not regular church visitors , but we tried to let our children to be active in some church activities and they are happy to be together of others childrens with the same belief. But christmas time is already our tradition to be there in the church.
21:03 December 18, 2011 by Jerr-Berlin
...the headline implies good news...as an intellectual and an atheist, haven't all of the world's "great" religions caused enough problems and suffering through out the centuries?....
01:47 December 19, 2011 by lenny van
For God so loved the world hat he gave his only begotten son that whosever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. Thank you so much, Jesus. I'll stop by later this week so that we can get together again.
02:46 December 19, 2011 by piatnek
This is why you are losing your country to attrition.
06:04 December 19, 2011 by heyheyhey
I don't, any longer go to churc, but I do miss the beautiful songs that were part of Christmas mass. The church also was beautifully decorated, and I miss that also.

However, many decades ago, it became impossible for me to participate in a church that harmed so many, and then denied it had done so. I could not partake of something that had such hypocrisy attached to it.

Sad, really. I do sometimes miss the innocence of youth. Especially at Christmas.
08:26 December 19, 2011 by shahislam
Now choosing the next N. Korean leader by something like a lottery draw would be much better than letting another hereditary but just conditioned to act as head to rule North Korean public for decades like a life-less giant stone -blocking the natural flow of a productive river to become a stagnant, stinky body of water. Future's new UN power shall be able to make new global laws to ban hereditary leader-ships forever.

Clarification: Just feeding back and maintaining one truly deserved UK Royal (English as system of governance and as common language of "Future's New United Nations" is symbolically enough to maintain the sense of order among the unwise portion of the global public that cannot be impressed without visible giant structures and mental image. One Royal need not politicking or appoint business magnets: billionaires as advisers, instead, just enjoy provided luxury and the ensuing evolved world can afford easily one but not too many parasitical burdensome royals or family-business ruler-ships like in Nepal, Bhutan, Middle East etc. anymore.

A result of a grand mistake by Bushes and their advisers 4,500 innocent US and 1 million Iraqi "unwilling to die -Citizens" died, which is a crime but still forgiveable as too many fathers or mothers of nations' ambitions resulted also in the deaths of millions of innocent lives of the past scattered global public and any UN law against 'such crimes of mistakes' didn't exist.

Hopefully, Obama's humanitarian mission for USA and the rest of the World backed by non-violent-minded wise guys in the new UN's Think-Tank will continue until above necessary laws are made and globally implemented.

09:37 December 19, 2011 by crunchy2k
The churches that product the best entertainment, I go to. I'm not an atheist as I believe in DNA and proper breeding breeding practices. I do think the church society you find helpful as good. Rulers need people to go to church or they lose control.
18:30 December 19, 2011 by Bruno53
Funny! The same here in the USA. USA is so full of sanctimonious hypocrites. One small credit I can give to the secular Europeans. And I am no atheist [just a deist].
08:32 December 20, 2011 by Englishted
Ah ,that is another reason to like the linke party.
17:26 December 20, 2011 by heyheyhey

Take your ideas to the appropriate forum!,,,,,
09:00 December 21, 2011 by tallabigale
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