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jagdmesser
Sunday, October 21st, 2018, 12:34 PM
Affiliation to national religion hits record low, with biggest drop seen in 45 to 54 age group

The Church of England is facing a generational catastrophe with only 2% of young adults identifying with it, while seven out of 10 under-24s say they have no religion, research reveals.

The parish church and with it the community no longer plays a key role in British life, according to the latest findings.

C of E affiliation is at a record low among all age groups, and has halved since 2002, according to the British Social Attitudes survey (http://www.bsa.natcen.ac.uk/). Far fewer actually attend church services on a regular basis.

Meanwhile, the trend towards a secular society has increased over recent years. The BSA survey found that 52% of people had no religion in 2017 compared with 41% in 2002. However, the proportion last year was slightly down on 2016, when 53% said they had no religious affiliation.

The demographic breakdown in the new data is particularly unwelcome news for the church. Younger people are significantly less likely to identify with the C of E than older age groups, and evidence suggests that people rarely join organised religion in later life. The trend indicates that affiliation with the C of E could become negligible with successive generations.

People over the age of 65 are most likely to say they belong to the C of E. But at 30% it is still a minority, and the proportion has fallen from 52% in 2002. This older demographic also saw the biggest increase in those saying they had no religion, up from 18% in 2002 to 34% last year.

The proportion of people of all ages identifying with the C of E has fallen from 31% in 2002 to 14% last year. The sharpest decline was among 45- to 54-year-olds, from 35% to 11%.

Overall, 8% of people identify with the Roman Catholic church, 10% with other Christian denominations and 8% with non-Christian faiths.

Only the number of those with no religious belief have risen, new figures show.

Researchers found a significant gap between people identifying with a church and those attending church services. Of those who say they belong to the C of E, only one in five attends church at least once a month, apart from weddings and funerals. Among Roman Catholic adherents, two in five attend church at least once a month.

In Scotland an even higher proportion of people – 56% – say they have no religion and 18% say they belong to the Church of Scotland (https://www.theguardian.com/uk/scotland), although only a quarter of those attend church at least once a month.

Roger Harding of the National Centre for Social Research, which conducts the BSA survey, said the figures showed “an unrelenting decline in Church of England and Church of Scotland numbers. This is especially true for young people where less than one in 20 now belong to their established church. While the figures are starkest among younger people, in every age group the biggest single group are those identifying with no religion. “We know from the British Social Attitudes survey that people’s views are becoming more socially liberal on issues like same-sex relationships and abortion. With growing numbers belonging to no religion, faith leaders will no doubt be considering how to better connect to a changing society.”

Dave Male, the C of E’s director of evangelism and discipleship, said: “It has been clear for some time that we have moved from an era of people automatically, and perhaps unthinkingly, classifying themselves as Church of England or Anglican to one in which identifying with a faith is an active choice. “Yet research, especially among young people, shows an increase in willingness to engage in faith. Our experience is that people of all ages haven’t stopped searching for meaning and answers in their life. “Ultimately the church exists to share the good news of Jesus Christ. That was never meant to be easy and that work goes on whatever the figures may say.”

Richy Thompson of Humanists UK said: “With just 2% of young adults now saying they belong to the C of E, it is simply untenable that the church continues to run a third of all our state schools, that Christian worship is enforced in all the other state schools, and that the church continues to have other privileges of establishment, including 26 bishops sitting as of right in the House of Lords. “These figures must surely act as an urgent wake-up call for the need to have a renewed conversation about the place of religion or belief in British public life.”


Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/07/church-in-crisis-as-only-2-of-young-adults-identify-as-c-of-e), 7 Sept 2018.




This trend is not exclusive to Britain. Its the same in Ireland, Europe and the Western World. Consider where 'liberal / cultural marxism' has taken us and what it will result in - the end of nation states, white races and civilization.

Alice
Friday, November 16th, 2018, 11:45 AM
I'm not surprised.

The Church of England has no fixed doctrine and the Gospel has been reduced to situation ethics and social justice. From what I understand, the new rite of baptism doesn't even mention the devil anymore (or perhaps it's optional?) and the church of St. Andrew Holborn hosted a Turkish designer's occult-themed fashion show a few years back.

I can certainly see why liberal churches are in decline, while more orthodox ones are growing.

Aelfgar
Saturday, November 17th, 2018, 11:09 AM
I was never convinced by the idea that a Protestant vicar could live a normal family life - Christianity lite.

Wuotans Krieger
Thursday, November 29th, 2018, 08:13 PM
This trend is not exclusive to Britain. Its the same in Ireland, Europe and the Western World. Consider where 'liberal / cultural marxism' has taken us and what it will result in - the end of nation states, white races and civilization.

You may be interested in reading one of my blog posts on this issue: http://aryan-myth-and-metahistory.blogspot.com/2017/02/germanic-heathenism-fastest-growing.html
Germanic heathenism is the fastest growing religion in England. We have rejected the imposed desert religion of Christianity and have returned to the Gods of our ancestors. 'God' is dead! Long live the Gods!