Church Attendance Today
- 6.3% of adult population attended church on Sundays in 2005.
- Sunday school attendance has fallen futher.
- The English Church Census
- Larger organisations have declined more than smaller denominations.
- Some smaller groups have remain stable or grown.
- Growth of smaller organisations does not account for decline in larger ones.
- Overall trend is downwards.
- Church weddings and baptisms are also in decline.
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Religious Beliefs Today
- More people claim to have religious belief than actually belong to or attend church.
- Religious belief is declining in line with church attendance and membership.
GILL ET AL:
- Reviewed 100 national surveys on religious belief 1939-96.
- Showed significant decline in belief in traditional teachings.
- People describing themselves as belonging to no religion rose from 23% to 43%.
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Religious Institutions Today
- Church still has some influence on society.
- e.g. 26 Bishops sit in the House of Lords.
- However, state has taken over many of the functions that the church used to perfom.
- Religion has been relegated to the private spheres of individual and family life.
- Number of clergy has fallen from 45,000 in 1900 to 34,000 in 2000 while the population has almost doubled.
- Lack of clergy means day to day influence of church has reduced.
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