A week of stats

It's been a week of statistics or figure-related stories in the news.

First, the story from the UK that (shock,horror) most people think you can't understand history without understanding Christianity.

Researchers from Oxford University have bolstered the christian case for better RI in schools by a very positive survey where 64 percent of people supporting teaching about Christianity in schools.

What's more, one researcher found it needs to be done better, saying something that could be as true in Australia as in England, that "the presentation of Christianity can be incoherent, lacking in intellectual development, or too stereotypical".

Another figure from England was somewhat of a slap in the face for the liberal establishment, with the revelation that almost half the lay members who voted against female bishops last week were women. The rhetoric now shifts from blaming male synod members to saying the female members were 'unrepresentative'.

The stats from the US purport to show evangelicals have become more devoted to their religious beliefs over the last three decade and as Catholics have become less attached to their faith.

In Australia, (again shock, horror) it seems political polling has shown its the ABC and the inner city but not the suburbs, which cares about same-sex marriage. Even the ABC is reporting on itself, saying the news agenda seems very narrow.

and to round out the top 5, a story not about stats at all. Two and a Half Men by actor Angus Jones has got everyone's attention with an outburst against his own show. For the record, he's a seventh-day Adventist, something not revealed in a number of the news stories I've seen.



Feature photo: Peteris B

Russell Powell has more than 30 years experience across all forms of media, with a long career as one of Australian radio's most prominent journalists and presenters. He was one of the pioneers of the ABC's NewsRadio network. As well as his on-air work, he has taught at the Australian Film, TV and Radio School. He is now the CEO of Anglican Media Sydney and the Archbishop of Sydney's Media Adviser.


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