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Church attendance 'to fall by 90%
The Guardian (UK) ^ | 21 December 2008 | Jamie Doward

Posted on 12/22/2008 8:43:46 PM PST by Marechal

In one of the most holy weeks in the Christian calendar, a report says that in just over a generation the number of people attending Church of England Sunday services will fall to less than a tenth of what they are now.

Christian Research, the statistical arm of the Bible Society, claimed that by 2050 Sunday attendance will fall below 88,000, compared with just under a million now.

The controversial forecast, based on a "snapshot" census of church attendances, has been seized upon by secular groups as proof that the established church is in decline. But the Church of England has rejected the figures, saying they were incomplete and ignored new ways of worshipping outside the church network.

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Keith Porteous-Wood of the National Secular Society said: "Church attendance has already been in decline for over 60 years, all over Britain, in all major denominations and across all age groups, except the over-65s. Independent statisticians now have enough data to predict confidently that the decline will continue until Christianity becomes a minority sect of largely elderly people, in little more than a generation."

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TOPICS: Current Events; Mainline Protestant; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: anglican; atheists; christendom; church; churchofengland; deathofthewest; elderly; europeanchristians; greatbritain; obama; uk
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To: ClearCase_guy

I’m sure the National Secular Society will be equally forthright in attacking the illogical idiosyncracies of Islam.

...or maybe not.


21 posted on 12/23/2008 3:09:51 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: Marechal

Very profound! I like that.

The great strength of the Church of England (and in spite of all the predictions, it continues to survive and in fact is very good at introducing new initiatives) is that it is a very “broad” Church...there really is an enormous variation in style and theological position.

Unfortunately, that inclusiveness, as you say, is also its biggest weakness.


22 posted on 12/23/2008 3:13:29 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: Jolla
I heard a radio announcer ask a futurist expert recently if they could suggest one thing to people what would it be - she said, get right with the Lord.

While I agree with the advice, what on earth is a "futurist expert?"

23 posted on 12/23/2008 3:15:51 AM PST by Allegra
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To: BlessedBeGod
For members of the COE? That's not up their alley.

For disaffected members of the COE that may right up their alley. Remember that John Wesley started home-based accountability groups. He was a priest in the Church of England.
24 posted on 12/23/2008 4:45:30 AM PST by aruanan
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To: Allegra

While I agree with the advice, what on earth is a “futurist expert?”
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I suspect he is very rich since he would know how to play the market.


25 posted on 12/23/2008 7:05:47 AM PST by Radl (rtr)
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To: Allegra

A person that studies trends and predicts what will be happening over the next few years.


26 posted on 12/25/2008 2:02:28 PM PST by Jolla
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