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[News] End of Christianity: Christianity DYING OUT in Europe – new shock study finds

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Taken from here: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/936484/christianity-dying-out-europe-study

CHRISTIANITY is dying out in Europe as more young people shun the religion across the continent, a study has found.
By BELINDA ROBINSON
PUBLISHED: 10:11, Sun, Mar 25, 2018 | UPDATED: 10:59, Sun, Mar 25, 2018

The Czech Republic now ranks as the least religious place in Europe, among 16 to 29-year-olds.

The proportion of young adults (16-29) with no religious affiliation is as high as 91 percent in the Czech Republic, 80 percent in Estonia, and 75 percent in Sweden.

These compare to only one percent in Israel, 17 per cent in Poland, and 25 per cent in Lithuania. In the UK and France, the proportions are 70 per cent and 64 per cent respectively

In Britain, at least two thirds of young people do not identify with religion.

And, only seven percent of young people identify as Anglican, and 10 percent Catholic.

However, in stark contrast, Muslims in the UK, are embracing their faith more than ever and are poised to overtake the number of practicing Anglicans in Britain in this age group- at six percent.

The report, called “Europe’s Young Adults and Religion” was conducted by Professor Stephen Bullivant, at St Mary’s University in London.

He said “with some notable exceptions” young adults “increasingly are not identifying with or practising religion”.

Professor Bullivant said: “One in five Catholics in the UK were not born in the UK.

“And we know the Muslim birthrate is higher than the general population, and they have much higher( religious) retention rates.”

At present, only 21 percent of young, British, people identify themselves as Christians and only seven percent as Catholic.

In Belgium, 65 per cent of those polled had no religion.

In Hungary this figure was 67 per cent.

ChristianityEurope’s Young Adults and Religion

This graph shows the decline of Christianity among young people

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This graph shows how Christianity is on the decline throughout Europe

Poland ranked as the most religious place in Europe with 83 per cent of young people saying they were religious.

In Lithuania, 74 percent of those polled said they were religious.

Mr Bullivant said the trend towards a secular society was likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

He added: “Christianity as a default, as a norm, is gone, and probably gone for good – or at least for the next 100 years.”

 

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