Posted by Andreas on April 02, 2002 at 15:53:30:
In Reply to: Re: Greek Sociology posted by Tiffany Winkelman on December 09, 2001 at 11:40:20:
> We also spoke of the fact that 98% of the
> citizens of Greece are of the same religion
This figure doesn't tell a lot (if it is indeed correct). At best it says that 98% of the (officially registered) population are signed up as members of the Greek orthodox church. But I very much doubt that this is actually the case, after all Greece has more than 2% immigrants. Try to double- and triple-check these numbers with different public and private sources
Even if you take 98% as a basis, it reveals little, about what percentage of the population are actually believers or at least accept church authorities (even if more because of familiar pressures). I would estimate that in the urban centres of Saloniki and Athens you'd have maybe something like 60% orthodox church followers at most, for a multifold of reasons: More recent immigrants, loose family ties, more social wellfare being provided by the state (making the church less important), etc. As a sociologist you will be well aware of these reasons.
My wild guess by the way is that there's not necessarily a correlation between religous belonging and the abortion rates. In Holland, about half of the population declared themselves as atheists in a census, yet to my knowledge the abortion rate is not unusually high. Poverty rates probably correlate much more with abortion numbers, at least in those countries where abortion is legal.
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