Religious education in Spain

Authored by: Carmen Montero

The Routledge International Handbook of Religious Education

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  February  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415536301
eBook ISBN: 9780203106075
Adobe ISBN: 9781136256424


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Spain is a non-denominational country from a juridical point of view. There are no official statistics regarding religious affiliation as such, because the Spanish Constitution forbids any request of statement about it. 1 However, it is clear that Catholics are a majority—more than 75 percent of the total population, according to the Centre for Sociological Research. 2 As stated by this survey, 1.8 percent of the Spanish population would pertain to non-Catholic denominations and 20.6 percent would be atheistic or non-believers. However, other sources estimate that 2 percent of the population is Islamic, 1.5 percent Evangelicals, 2 percent Orthodox Christian, and that there is a small representation of Jews. Most persons from these groups are from non-Spanish origins. 3

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