Monday, 17 December 2012

Falling figures for identifying Christians

In England the atheists saw their numbers grow from 6 million, to 14.1 million. some do think it is the conservatism of the church which draws people further away form the church. this could well be, but is it progressiveness that should keep people into the church community?

We think a church community can still be very up to date and keep to the values and rules given by the Master Teacher Jesus from Nazareth.

In Belgium we noticed that certain ideas to modernize the church and the many changes it underwent made people even more confused and having them making the step to leave their church. Also the happening in the English church and discussions about women functions made more people laugh at the ongoings in those churches and consider them not worth spending their time in it.

New figures from the 2011 Census show that the number of people who identify as Christians in England and Wales has fallen by 4 million over the last 10 years.

The data shows that numbers fell from 37.3 million in 2001 to 33 million last year.

The statistics came as the outgoing archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, claimed that English cathedral congregations are growing dramatically, challenging the claim made by secularists that the Church of England is fading in Britain.
Other polls have detected similar shifts. The 2012 British Social Attitudes Survey showed that only about half of Britons claim a religious affiliation, down sharply from 20 years ago when two out of three Britons did. Barely a quarter of young people identify themselves as religious.

The new figures show that Islam is the U.K.'s second-largest religion, at 2.7 million. Hinduism is third, at 817,000. The number of self-identified Jews rose by 3,000, from 260,000 to 263,000.