In an unprecedented move, the Norwegian Parliament has voted to abolish the state-sponsored Church of Norway with a constitutional amendment.Congratulations, Norway! (Sounds like a country I might want to visit someday!)
The nation will not have an official religion, and the government will not participate in the appointment of church deans and bishops.
Traditionally, every citizen of Norway became a member of the Church of Norway upon baptism. 79 percent of Norwegians are registered members, but only about 20 percent make religion a large part of their lives and only two percent attend church regularly, according to 2009 and 2010 data. A 2002 study done by Gustafsson and Pettersson revealed that 72 percent of Norwegians "do not believe in a personal God."
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
More good news about the rise of Godlessness (or decline of "organized religion") from around the world. Apparentl in Norway, the legislature has voted to support a constitutional amendment which would dissolve the official state Church of Norway: