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article imageStudy Shows That Church of England Is Facing Decline

By KJ Mullins     Dec 20, 2008 in World
The Church of England may be losing 90 percent of those attending services within a generation. A study by Christian Research claims by 2050 Sunday attendance will be under 88,000 compared to just under a million today.
The results of the study is being used by secular groups as proof that the established church is in decline. The Church of England though is saying that the study is wrong, the results they believe are incomplete and ignored new ways of worshiping outside the church network.
By 2030 Dr. Peter Brierly states that under 419,000 will be attending Sunday services at Anglican churches. If that is an accurate trend by 2050 only 87,800 will be attending.
The Guardian reports:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/dec/21/anglicanism-religion
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."
The Reverend Lynda Barley claims that the figures used in the study only show a partial picture of religious trends.
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