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Census Finds Christianity On The Decline In England And Wales

by | Thu, Dec 1 2022

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The proportion of people in England and Wales who identify as Christians has fallen below 50% for the first time.

The 2021 census found just over 46% of residents consider themselves Christian — down from 59% a decade earlier.

Around 37% said they had no religion at all — up by a quarter on the previous census.

Church consultant Peter Brierley told Premier Christian News the drop is greater than many people were expecting.

He says there’s no doubt Christianity is in decline, but he says it’s not a universal decline.

He notes many new independent churches are being planted while some evangelical churches are growing in numbers.

The biggest falls are in the main institutional churches like the Church of England, the Catholic Church, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church.

The Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell maintains that the greater Church is still a force for good during an increasingly difficult time.

He says during winter people right across the UK will be turning to their local church for spiritual hope and practical help.