around half the adult population of Britain have had or have from time to time, religious experiences or awareness

…around half the adult population of Britain have had or have from time to time, religious experiences or awareness.

Usually people report themselves to be surprised by an unexpected awareness of God or some other sacred presence such as an angel or a saint…nearly half of them never attend a place of worship…People who experience this awareness are usually better educated and in a better psychological state than people who say they have no such experience. There is thus a striking paradox..since the popular stereotype of people reporting such experiences is that they are most probably stupid or slightly mentally unbalanced.

National Survey 1976, Gallup Poll, 1985, 1986

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