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People in the U.K. are abandoning religion in unprecedented numbers

The Church of England is bracing for a steep rise in apostates as church officials are now predicting a 50 percent decrease in attendance over the next three decades.

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The Church of England is bracing for a steep rise in apostates as church officials are now predicting a 50 percent decrease in attendance over the next three decades.

According to The Guardian, church finance chief John Spence said that the forecast is “much gloomier” than originally predicted and the decline is expected to continue for another three decades.

“On all likely measures of success, given the demographics of the church, it is unlikely we will see a net growth in church membership within the next 30 years,” said Spence. “I could have given you other facts, but I think you get the point.”

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Spence also said that an 81-year-old was eight-times more likely to attend church than a 21-year-old.

At present, 18 people per 1,000 regularly attend church. Over the next 30 years that is expected to almost halve with only 10 per 1,000 people attending church.

The Independent reported that the Archbishop’s council logs show a steady decline each year in the number of people coming to Sunday service for the years leading up to 2014.

Anglican Church officials have launched a $108 million program in hopes of modernizing the church and increasing by 50% the number of priests being trained to 600 recruits a year.

“The reference to 30 years is based on projections which assume no change, and underscore the importance of the renewal and reform programme,” said Arun Arora, an Church of England spokesperson.

“They do not factor in the changes being proposed. Most crucially, as the archbishop of Canterbury said this morning, we trust in the grace and transforming power of the spirit of God, who empowers and equips the church.”

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  1. phyllis devries

    February 21, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Our young people are much smarter than we we’re. I did not raise my child in the church. How can I tell my little daughter that God loves boys but not girls! And that she should worship and adore him anyway? No way the only child the most perfect thing that ever happened to me in the whole world!!! Virtually all of the developed world, by that I mean Europe have come to their senses and are logical and reasonable people. That have good morals despite the lack of God, they have lower crime, then look out after each other, they walk to talk. To coin an old term That can work for the people that used it.

  2. markbrownell

    February 22, 2016 at 11:55 am

    A good sign of cultural maturity.

  3. oldsalt1942

    February 22, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Really? But you say that as if it’s a bad thing….

  4. David Leeth

    February 22, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Nice to hear some good news for once.

  5. itsjim

    February 23, 2016 at 6:36 am

    I am not sure why having magical thoughts of a man in white robes that oversees everything from parking spaces to killing babies, is sexist, hates and loves you, you will never be good enough for can do any society good, Oh yeah, and cant be proven yet you owe 10% of your wealth to him, and maybe you will live forever in perfect health. its lunacy and a money maker for a few, ask Joel Olsteen if he isnt busy in his private jet. Nutty I tells you yet fools buy in because they demand an answer to the things that we have no answer to, I am satisfied that I am going to live then die other than my gene pool, magical thinking and charletons.

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