According to the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, Britain is now a ‘post-Christian’ country. Despite 52% of respondents to a Telegraph poll describing themselves as either practising or non-practising Christians (see graphic below), Lord Williams says that Britain is no longer “a nation of believers” and foresees a further decline in the influence of the Church in the years ahead.
It seems that whilst considering themselves broadly “Christian” for many Brits that does not reflect in regular, if any, church going. The faith of the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, appears similar to many Briton’s in that he describes himself as a “classic” member of the Church of England – “not that regular in attendance, and a bit vague on some of the more difficult parts of the faith”.
At a recent meeting of Christian leaders in Downing Street, the Prime Minister reportedly said that he as simply doing God’s work when he launched the “Big Society” initiative of volunteering and civic responsibility stating that “Jesus invented the Big Society 2,000 years ago”.