Nominal Christianity

Following the publication of the latest issue of Vista, which focused on Nominal Christianity,  Dr Peter Brierley shared with us a paper on the topic.

The paper gives an overview of statistics and then explores a wide number of issues relating to nominalism, including what is religiousness, and spirituality; and what invisible or no religion means today.

Read the full paper here

Dr Peter Brierley is a statistician who has been the Lausanne Catalyst for Church Research from 1984, although now stepping down in favour of Dr Larry Kraft.  He was also Director first of MARC Europe (1983-1993) and then of Christian Research (1993-2007) and did multiple surveys of church attendance in that time (and since!).   Christian Research organised the first Lausanne Consultation on Nominalism in 1997, and this paper was written for the second held in Rome in March 2018.  More details of his current statistical work may be found on


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