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Russian sociologist: society shows serious growth of confidence in Church for last 15 years

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=2206 31 October 2006, 15:35 Russian sociologist: society shows serious growth of confidence in Church for last
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      31 October 2006, 15:35
      Russian sociologist: society shows serious growth of confidence in Church
      for last 15 years

      Moscow, October 31, Interfax – The Church is ranked third in the hierarchy
      of confidence among the Russians (confident are 60%) after the president
      and the army, says Mikhail Tarusin, head of the sociology section of the
      Institute of Public Projection.

      “In principle, it is the same triad – God, Tsar and Fatherland’ only
      transferred to today’s Russian soil”, the sociologist writes in an article
      published in the November issue of the Foma magazine.

      Speaking about the level of the population’s confidence in the Church, he
      recalled that only 15 years ago the country was officially considered to be
      atheistic. But while about 35% of the population claimed to be atheists at
      that time, today this figure is over two times as less, which is less than 15%.

      In traditionally Islamic regions, the expert continued, those who claim to
      be Orthodox Christians do it most often for ethnographic, cultural and
      historical reasons. Only some 15% of those polled can be described as
      people initiated in the Church as they come to church and participate in
      sacraments once a month or more often. At the same time, he recalled that
      such people comprised only 4% of the population in the late 1980s and 6% in
      the later 1990s.

      Referring to the age profile of Orthodox Christians, Tarusin noted that
      while the overage age of the faithful was 62-62 in the mid-1980s, today it
      is about 44-45, as a poll that did not embraced children has shown, the
      sociologist specified.

      The church-initiated Orthodox faithful among the middle class, make up
      about 11-12%, he estimated.
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