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    Religion in England

    I like to view the religious tendencies of writers in Skadi's posts. So I have been wondering: What is the religion in England now? Are many people following Asatru? Are there many Wiccans? Many followers of Celtic/Druid traditions? Are many Britons still Church of England? I have read that many English are falling away from the Church of England and if that is so what are they turning to?

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    These days many people still have a Church of England upbringing, particularly in rural areas, but they turn to atheism or agnosticism as they come out of childhood.

    I remember at secondary school (over 6 years ago) being Christian or overtly religious in any way was sniggered at. It wasn't 'cool' for anyone to admit believing in God. That now seems to be a very common attitude in kids and adults alike. So, I would say that atheism is the fastest growing ideology.

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    Around ten years ago Prof. Hutton of Bristol University estimated around 100,000 Pagans in the UK, since when it is certainly grown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wulfhere View Post
    Around ten years ago Prof. Hutton of Bristol University estimated around 100,000 Pagans in the UK, since when it is certainly grown.
    Too bad there are too many neo-pagan wiccan types practising whatever they think is a Celtic religion. I'm guessing there are fewer fyrnsidu type people than the others, although there certainly are some (like those Odinic Rite people).

    That said, I'm sure they are well outnumbered by Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs.

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    There is a church with a for sale sign on it near me.

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    My rural primary school upbringing included singing hymns, May day celebrations, harvest Festival, Christingle services, Christmas nativity, and various other things. I was never specifically interested in it at the time (it was just what we had to do), but I remember all the words to the hymns.

    Went through general agnosticism, and then discovered Heathenism when I was about 20.

    As of late, I have gotten more interested in Christianity on a traditional and communal level. I have come from a very immature "Christianity=bad" from the start of my Heathen days, to understanding that Christianity in England is our tradition, which contains so many rich, potent and wholesome things.

    Indeed, Anglican Churches are my favourite buildings in the cities (the last symbolic bastions against nihilism, modernity and decline), and I have much more respect for certain Christian types than the majority of agnostics or atheists I have encountered. Aside from gorgeous architecture, of course, there are the Lindisfarne Gospels, Anglo-Saxon poetry...and...Polyphony!

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    Religion in England

    I find it so sad that England seems to be abandoning religion for atheism and agnosticism. I am trying to find a happy medium between heathenry and Christianity. I will probably be alone in this as it does not seem to be catching on in the US at least where I am. England and its history has been defined by religion at least for those of us outside England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moromans View Post
    Are many Britons still Church of England? I have read that many English are falling away from the Church of England and if that is so what are they turning to?
    Roman Catholicism?

    Here's the lovely Ann Widdecombe (probably the only politician I respect/ed) on the subject:

    http://www.newstatesman.com/religion...urch-religious

    Quote Originally Posted by Dægeseage View Post
    I remember at secondary school (over 6 years ago) being Christian or overtly religious in any way was sniggered at. It wasn't 'cool' for anyone to admit believing in God.
    It certainly feels like you are breaking some sort of social convention when you casually bring God into a conversation. Embarrassed for you, your partners in conversation politely pretend that you didn't say anything and then move on to something else. Why is it that I can have more enlightening conversations with Muslims than I can with my own people?

    Still, it makes it all the sweeter when you meet someone on your wavelength.

    So yes...it seems like Atheism (or perhaps nihilism/hedonism) is the future. Though this isn't exactly news
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    Well from the usual knee jerk vague Church of England I converted in my early '40s to Eastern Orthodoxy, which I consider to be the true Anglo-Saxon church that was usurped by The Normans in 1066.

    This my Church;

    St Edward the Martyr Orthodox Brotherhood

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