Matt commented that he thought Britain would be more of a Christian country than it appears to be.
The Queen is the Head of the Church of England, and nominally Britain is a Christian country, yet in many areas, council-run public facilities such as Libraries are not allowed to display posters advertising Christian events or services in case they offend non-Christians who may use the facilities.......
Britain has become a nation of people where 48% of the population claims to be Christian, yet the churchgoing proportion of the populace is only 7.5%.
That`s right, 7.5%
A poll run by New Scientist magazine in 2002 found that 55% of the people surveyed do not believe in a Higher Being (ie God)
In 1984, there were 111,248 weddings in the Church of England, in 1994 this had dropped down to 86,000.....only a third of all weddings performed that year.
Between 1990 and 2000, the Church of England`s number of Sunday communicants dropped by 18%.
Even more worryingly,
"A report on youth published for the General Synod Board of Education in 1996, which says that 'the total Sunday attendance at Anglican Churches amongst 14- to 17-year-olds is 60,739', a drop of 34.9 per cent since 1987. [...] If the same rate continues to apply, there may be no young people at all in the Church in twenty years time. The report goes on to say that this does not just apply to church services - a similar drop has also been observed in church organisations."
C of E: The State It's In by Monica Furlong, p210.
The lack of knowledge amongst the non-churchgoers who profess to believe in Christianity is quite frightening; in 2003 a survey found that only 55% could name even one of the four Gospel books, whereas 60% could correctly identify the sacred book of Islam as the Koran.
Many folk say they believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and know the Lord`s Prayer, but that is probably as much as they do know. I know quite a few people who honestly think that even if you never set foot in church or say a prayer, as long as you haven`t actually killed anyone, you are going to be let into Heaven because Jesus is a good guy and wouldn`t keep anyone out of Heaven unless they are really evil, like Hitler.......
For lots more statistics, check out http://www.vexen.co.uk/religion/rib.html
It is quite sobering reading.
Interestingly, Orthodoxy is identified as having a continuing growth in numbers from 196,850 members in 1975 up to 275,805 in 1992 . I am sure that more recent statistics would show a greater increase again.