64% of Canadians feel religion creates more questions than answers

Progressive new show will serve as a platform to discuss and examine current events though the lens of faith

TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - The majority of Canadians surveyed in a new Ipsos Reid poll say religion creates more questions than answers in the search to explain life and the world around them. In addition, half of the respondents agreed that 'religion does more harm than good'.

"We have a generation completely split on the reliability of religion. When over half a survey group claims they believe in God, and 50% declare religion only confuses things, there is a need for discussion," says Lorna Dueck, host of TV show Context with Lorna Dueck, a new addition to Global's fall lineup.

The survey commissioned by Context also reveals that while Canadians identify themselves as belonging to a religious faith, most have lost touch with what it means to be religious, lacking confidence to apply their beliefs to their every day lives. For example, while a slim majority of Canadians believe in God, only 13% of respondents attend a weekly church service. Interestingly, 28% of Protestants, 33% of Catholics, and 23% of those who attend weekly religious services do not believe in God.

Life beyond the headlines…

The most gripping news stories of the summer have featured religion: the Arab Spring, the Norway massacre, the London riots, and just this past Sunday, the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Consequences of religious fanaticism dominate the news cycle today. "Can Religion be Trusted?" - that's the question award-winning journalist and television personality, Lorna Dueck, seeks to answer in the premiere episode of her new show.

"Everyday we are confronted with the stories that confuse our sense of justice and make us ask 'why?'. Our beliefs should help us to answer those questions, but this poll shows us that Canadians are struggling with the issue of faith," says Dueck.

About the show: Context with Lorna Dueck
Context with Lorna Dueck is a new weekly news analysis program, premiering Sunday, September 18 at 11am on Global TV and at 9:30 a.m. on Vision.

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