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የPEW ምርምር ውጤት | ኦርቶዶክስ ኢትዮጵያውያን ከሌሎች አገራት ኦርቶዶክስ ክርስቲያኖች ይልቅ ከፍተኛ የሃይማኖታዊ ጽናት አላቸው

Posted by addisethiopia on November 29, 2017

በዋሽንግተን ከተማ ተቀማጭነት ያለው የአስተያየት ምርምር ተቋም ( PEW)፡ በመላው ዓለም ከሚገኙ ኦርቶዶክስ ክርስቲያኖች ጋር ሲነጻጸሩ

ተዋሕዶ ኢትዮጵያውያን በክርስቲያናዊነታቸው ከፍተኛውን ደረጃ መያዛቸውን ያረጋግጣል፦

  • ሃይማኖተኛቸው የጸና

  • የማሕበረሰባዊና ሞራላዊ ይዞታቸው የጠበቀ

  • ቤተክርስቲያን አዘውትረው የሚሄዱ

  • አዘውትረው የሚጾሙ

  • ክርስቲያናዊ ምልክቶቻቸውን የማይተው

ፍጹም የሆነ ዓለም ላይ ስለማንኖር በርግጥ አንዳንድ ጉድለቶች ይኖሩብናል፡ ነገር ግን እግዚአብሔርን በጥብቅ በመከተል፣ ለእርሱም ያላቸውን አክብሮት እና ፍቅር በመግለጽ በዚህች ምድር ላይ ኢትዮጵያውያን አጠገብ ሊደርስ የሚችል ሌላ ሕዝብ የለም፤ እያጋነንኩ አይደለም፤ ብዙ አገሮችንና ሕዝቦችን ለማየት እድሉ ነበረኝ፤ በእውነት ነው የምለው፡ እንደ እኛ ሕዝብ በየቀኑ፡ ዓመቱን ሙሉ ከእግዚአብሔር ጋር አብሮ የሚኖር ሌላ ሕዝብ ለማግኘት ከባድ ነው።

እግዚአብሔር የተመሰገነ ይሑን

ለዚህም ነው የዚህች ዓለም አለቃ የሆነው ዲያብሎስ ኢትዮጵያንና ክርስቲያን ሕዝቧን በጥልቁ የሚጠላውና የሚዋጋው። ይህም የ PEW ጥናት ለተንኮል ሥራ ሊውል እንደሚችል መጠበቅ ይኖርብናል፤ ዲያብሎስ ቀናተኛው ይህን መሰሉን ጥናት እየተጠቀመ ነው ሕዝባችንን ከሁሉም አቅጣጫ የሚፈታተነውና።

Ethiopia Is An Outlier In The Orthodox Christian World

Ethiopia has the largest Orthodox Christian population outside Europe, and, by many measures, Orthodox Ethiopians have much higher levels of religious commitment than do Orthodox Christians in the faith’s heartland of Central and Eastern Europe.

The country in the Horn of Africa has 36 million Orthodox Christians, the world’s second-largest Orthodox population after Russia.


Nearly all Orthodox Ethiopians (98%) say religion is very important to them, compared with a median of 34% of Orthodox saying this across 13 countries surveyed in Central and Eastern Europe. About three-quarters of Orthodox Ethiopians say they attend church every week (78%), compared with a median of 10% in Central and Eastern Europe and just 6% in Russia.

Religious Symbols

Orthodox Ethiopians are more likely than Orthodox Christians in Central and Eastern Europe to wear religious symbols (93% vs. median of 64%), to say they believe in God with absolute certainty (89% vs. 56%), to fast during holy times such as Lent (87% vs. 27%), and to tithe (57% vs. 14%). Indeed, these gaps between Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia and Europe mirror broader differences in religious commitment between people living in sub-Saharan Africa, where religious observance is relatively high among all major religious groups, and those in more secular societies in Central and Eastern Europe.

Moral Issues

Orthodox Ethiopians also tend to be more conservative on social issues than are other Orthodox Christians surveyed; they express higher levels of moral opposition to homosexuality, prostitution, abortion, divorce and drinking alcohol. For instance, Orthodox Ethiopians are much more likely to say that having an abortion is morally wrong than are Orthodox Christians in Central and Eastern Europe (83% vs. median of 46%).

Orthodox Christians do not make up a majority of Ethiopia’s overall population: 43% of Ethiopians are Orthodox, while approximately 19% are Protestant and 35% are Muslim. Still, in 2010, the 36 million Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia made up about 14% of the world’s total Orthodox population (compared with a 76% share in Central and Eastern Europe), up from about 3 million in 1910, when Orthodox Ethiopians made up 3% of the Orthodox total. This increase is owed mainly to natural growth in Ethiopia’s population, which rose from 9 million to 83 million between 1910 and 2010.

Ethiopian Orthodoxy is part of the Oriental branch of Orthodoxy, which accounts for approximately 20% of the global Orthodox population and is not in communion with Eastern Orthodoxy, the larger branch, largely due to theological and doctrinal differences.



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Church Attendance Is Good For Your Health

Posted by addisethiopia on July 10, 2017

The latest in a long line of studies, now numbering in the hundreds if not thousands, has found that church attendance is good for your health.

Published by researchers from Vanderbilt University, the study found that middle-aged adults who attended religious services at least once in the past year were half as likely to die prematurely as those who didn’t.

Using data from a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the study’s researchers examined 10 biological stress markers among 5,449 men and women aged 46 to 65. Then they compared those markers with respondents’ self-reported religious-service attendance — and found a correlation between religious-service attendance, lower stress, and longevity.

The study, released in May, is one more piece of mounting scientific evidence on the subject. A far larger study published last year, of 74,534 women, found that attending a religious service more than once a week was associated with 33 percent lower mortality compared to never attending religious services.

A documentary probing findings similar to these — released just recently — is airing on many PBS stations this weekend. But even as the studies pile up and the literature appears close to conclusive, many questions about the association between religious-service attendance and health remain unanswered.

For one, people attend religious services for all kinds of reasons. So what is it about faith-focused services that might impart better health? The prayers? The social connections? The coffee and cookies afterward?

If, as so much evidence suggests, religious attendance is correlated with positive health outcomes, does that mean doctors should prescribe a weekly service to their patients?

“Religion is incredibly complex,” said Neal Krause, a retired professor of public health at the University of Michigan who is the lead investigator in a landmark spirituality and health survey. “To say, ‘Church attendance is good for your health’ does everything and nothing at the same time. The question is, ‘What exactly is going on here?'”

But some studies at the intersection of religion and health might help clinicians do a better job of caring for patients.

For example, studies have shown that chaplain visits in hospital settings are associated with better health outcomes. This stands to reason, say researchers; when patients’ spiritual needs are met, they are more satisfied with their overall care. Another study suggested patients that take advantage of chaplain visits are more peaceful and feel more in control of their health.



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