|The church is crumbling - Image by JasonRogersFotographie from here|
50% of the christians surveyed admitted the amazing revelation "No I don't consider myself a religious person", and 49% have not attended any ordinary religious services or meetings in the last 12 months. Two thirds of those had not even attended once in the last 10 years - the time since the previous census!
15% have never read the bible independently, 43% pray less frequently than once per year, and 18% do not even believe in the resurrection. 27% believe in astrology, and yet only 17% answered that they "believe in God and that Christianity is the only true way of knowing him".
At least 44% claim that "Jesus is the Son of God, the Saviour of mankind". However, that suggests that a majority do not believe in his divinity, and it is further revealed (although not divinely) that only 15% have "accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour".
When it comes to right and wrong, 8 times more christians look for guidance from their own inner moral sense, or the opinions of the family and friends than from religious teachings!
Remember - these are percentages of people who claimed that they ARE christians, not percentages of the population as a whole.
Perhaps less surprising, only 23% of these christians hold that "the bible is a perfect guide to morality and its teachings hold true today". This low percentage is, after all, a figure that is believable when you think of the behaviour of people who you know.
Of course it is dangerous to extrapolate these numbers to the rest of the population - the 46% who did not claim to have ticked the Christian box. It would be statistically incorrect to assume that none of the non-christians believed that Jesus is Lord and Saviour. Surely some do, but it can't be a large proportion.
All in all, these results pretty conclusively indicate that the government has no business assuming that 'Britain is a Christian country any more'. Christians of my acquaintance are getting quite worried about this.
My own worry is the Islam will get more of a foothold in my country.
Tomorrow - comments on part 2 of the survey. Antidisestablishmentarianism is not favoured!