Churchgoing on its knees as Christianity falls out of favour

May 8, 2008 by

By Ruth Gledhill, The Times Church attendance in Britain is declining so fast that the number of regular churchgoers will be fewer than those attending mosques within a generation, research published today suggests. The fall – from the four million people who attend church at least once a month today – means that the Church of England, Catholicism and other denominations will become financially unviable. A lack of funds from the collection plate to support the Christian...

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A commitment to keep faith in the public space

Apr 17, 2008 by

By Ruth Gledhill for Timesonline The Pope’s visit to the US is testimony to one of the most unexpected transformations that has taken place in the public image of a religious leader. It goes hand in hand with the renewed importance of faith in public life in the West, in an era when predictions of its decline or even extinction have notably failed to materialise. Benedict XVI took office three years ago with a fearsome reputation as John Paul II’s doctrinal enforcer. Liberal Roman...

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Judge rules for Virginia 'orthodox' – Ruth Gledhill

Apr 4, 2008 by

"It seems bizarre that TEC tried to argue there had been no division, apparently using the term ‘division’ so narrowly as ‘to effectively define the term out of existence,’ according to the judgement." Judge rules for Virginia ‘orthodox’ The Rev Martyn Minns is seen here at the press conference after his church, Truro in Fairfax, voted to affiliate with Nigeria in 2006. I never believed the subsequent statements from both sides that all...

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