Christianity beyond Christendom's decline
Commenting on the new National Centre for Social Research analysis, showing a further significant falling away from inherited Christian belief and organisations in the UK, Simon Barrow, co-director of the religion and society think-tank Ekklesia, said:
"This latest data confirms the continual decline of institutional Christianity and the emergence of a mixed belief society in which fresh patterns of adherence are developing, belief is mutating, and we are gaining a more realistic picture of what it means to live in a plural, post-Christendom era.
"The challenge for the churches now is to transition away from the old 'Christendom order', which depended upon residual cultural power and mutual accommodation with governing authority, and to discover instead a more creative role based on 'living by good example' rather than clinging on to a false 'majority mindset', demanding privilege and seeing pluralism as a threat."
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