Saturday, 23 January 2010

Damned lies and statistics

This article summarises the latest statistics from the Church of England, and is not much different in tone from others that you can find.  However the point that I want to make is that we know that church attendance is falling, among other reasons that is why Fresh Expressions are being set up.

So, we report that attendance is falling - either we know the figures for Fresh Expressions and aren't including them (and I can see no reason for that) or we don't - so we have no idea whether overall attendance is rising or falling - but then I suppose a headline of "Church of England doesn't know what it is doing" isn't news!

Title quote: Lies, damned lies, and statistics

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