Quake-weary Cantabs drawn to religion

Last updated 09:37 09/12/2012

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The Canterbury quakes have seen more people drawn to religion, a new study reveals. 

A group of 4000 people took part in a study led by researchers at Victoria and Auckland universities in 2009, then again in 2011, after the quakes. 

Dr Joseph Bulbulia of Victoria University told Radio New Zealand that levels of religious affiliation in New Zealand had been declining for 50 years, but there was a marked shift in the opposite direction after the Christchurch earthquake.

He said people were more likely to convert to a religious group if they lived in Canterbury than elsewhere in the country.

Bulbulia said there was a 3.4 per cent increase in religious faith in the region, compared with an annual decline of around 0.9 per cent elsewhere.

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- The Press

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