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Trúmál - Religious Beliefs

Trúmál

Útlendingur sem sækti Reykjavík heim kæmi líklega fljótt auga á fjölda kirkna í borginni, flestar nýlegar. Söfnuðirnir standa sjálfir fyrir kirkjubyggingum og í flestum kirkjum eru jafnframt safnaðarheimili, ætluð til ýmissa félagsstarfa en félagsstarf kirkna er af margvíslegum toga.

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Kópavogskirkja í Kópavogi (Kópavogur Church in Kópavogur).

Um 87% þjóðarinnar eru í hinni lútersk-evangelísku kirkju. Þetta gæti gefið til kynna að Íslendingar væru allir á einu máli í trúmálum en svo er alls ekki. 75% Íslendinga telja sig t.d. trúaða, en þó segjast 85% þeirra trúa á guð. Íslendingar eru lítt kirkjuræknir en um hátíðir eru kirkjur þó þéttsetnar.

Íslendingar líta yfirleitt á trú sína sem einkamál en ræða gjarnan trúmál almennt af áhuga, ekki síður en stjórnmál. Áberandi er trú manna á líf eftir dauðann, þótt skoðanir séu skiptar um eðli framhaldslífsins. Þannig trúa 85% Íslendinga á einhvers konar framhaldslíf.

Þótt lúterska þjóðkirkjan sé fjölmennust starfa fleiri söfnuðir á Íslandi. Kaþólska kirkjan starfar á nokkrum stöðum á landinu, sem og hvítasunnukirkjan. Auk þeirra er nokkur flóra minni söfnuða og má þar nefnaásatrúarflokkinn sem notið hefur mikilla vinsælda fjölmiðla. Þeim flokki tilheyra þó aðeins um 0.05% þjóðarinnar (2002).

Religious Beliefs

Foreigners visiting Reykjavík are probably quick to notice the many churches in the town, most of which are new. Congregations themselves are responsible for church building and most churches also function as congregational centres, intended to offer various kinds of social activities.

About 92% of people are in the Lutheran-Evangelical Church. This may give the impression that Icelanders are united as to matters of faith, but this is not the case. For example, 75% of Icelanders count themselves to be religious while 85% say that they believe in God. Icelanders are not church-going people, although during festive times the churches are well attended.

Icelanders generally regard belief as a private matter but, no less than politics, out of interest people gladly and often discuss religion. People's belief in life after death is striking, although views vary as to the nature of the afterlife. Thus, 85% of Icelanders believe in some kind of afterlife, often unrelated to Church dogma on that matter.

Although the national Lutheran Church is the most attended, there are other congregations in Iceland. The Catholic Church can be found in various parts of the country, as can the Pentecostal Church. In addition, there are a cluster of smaller congregations among others Ásatrúarfélagið which is an association of pagan believers which has been very popular with the media even if only about 0.05 % of the population belongs to it (2002).

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