For the first time, the number of Christians in England and Wales, where there are nearly sixty million citizens, is about to drop to less than half the population. To say these are the statistics from the most recent UK Religions Complete Radiograph, developed with the results of the 2019 national census. Of the population, about 51%, declared themselves Christian, a drop of about 8.3 points compared to the last 2011 data. The box was ‘No’ Debt is the second most popular option, and citizens who preferred this option fell from 32.3% to 38.4% compared to ten years ago. For years, English Christian churches have recorded a decline in faithful participation in Sunday services, a situation that particularly affects younger generations. At the same 2019 census, more than half of those between twenty and thirty years of age declared that they had no religion. That’s 53% of those aged twenty to twenty-nine, a number that contrasts with the 27% of people in their sixties who still attend church. A situation that could get worse with the pandemic. According to a study by polling station Savanta Comres, more than two-thirds of Christians in the UK will not return to church as they did before the pandemic.
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