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Monday, June 01, 2015 

Church of England loses stratospheric number of followers while Islam in UK gains plenty more

The decline of Christianity in England continues, while Islam's rise there continues apace:
The Church of England has suffered a dramatic slump in its followers, shocking new figures show.

Between 2012 and 2014, the proportion of Britons identifying themselves as C of E or Anglican dropped from 21 per cent to 17 per cent – a fall of about 1.7 million people.

Over the same period, the number of Muslims in Britain grew by nearly one million, according to a survey by the respected NatCen Social Research Institute.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey warned last night that unless urgent action was taken, the Church was just ‘one generation away from extinction’.

The number of Anglicans in Britain has dropped from about 10.3 million to 8.6 million, and will raise fresh fears over the future of the Church of England, which has been in decline since the 1960s.

[...] Figures from the survey going back more than 30 years paint an even bleaker picture, with the Church haemorrhaging nearly eight million followers in that time.

In 1983, 40 per cent of the British population – or 16.5 million people – identified themselves as Anglican or C of E, but this number has now more than halved.

Alarmingly for Church leaders, the worst losses have come over the past decade, with about 4.5 million fewer people affiliating themselves to the C of E or Anglicanism between 2004 and 2014. In contrast, those who describe themselves as Muslim have jumped from 3.2 per cent of the population – equivalent to 1.5 million – in 2012 to 4.7 per cent or 2.4 million in 2014. The only Christian denomination that has remained relatively stable between the 1980s and today is Catholicism – numbers have dipped slightly from ten per cent to eight per cent.
And even that might not last for long. London bridge is really falling down, my fair lady, under the weight of political correctness that's been long in festering, and will have an impact on the country sooner or later.

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