Census reports drop in Christianity in England and Wales

The Census results released today show a marked downturn in the number of people in England and Wales calling themselves Christians.

The Census shows that the numbers have fallen more than 11 per cent from 71.1 per cent in 2001 to 59.3 per cent over the last 10 years.

Even though the figures are down, there is certainly a large groundswell of affection for the Christian faith in Britain today.

And there’s an even higher regard for the Bible. A report from the think-tank Theos last week showed that the Bible is valued by more than 80 per cent of Britons.

According to the report, some 82 per cent of people believe the Bible to be either a useful book of guidance and advice, beautiful literature or the word of God.

A Bible Society spokesperson said, ‘We feel that people need to be given the chance to understand the tenets of the Christian faith, to be introduced to Bible stories and have the opportunity to consider these things personally. This will give them a real chance to understand where their faith lies.

‘We believe that this should happen at school and we’d encourage head teachers to have the confidence to ensure that this is possible in their classrooms.’

Indeed a recent You Gov poll found that there was widespread support for the teaching of Christianity as part of RE in schools.

A Bible Society spokesperson said, ‘It’s a great tradition to be proud of, a great faith to be part of and something we’d encourage churches to help people explore this Christmas.’

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