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2/10/2014 (1 year ago)

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Christianity in England nearing extinction, being replaced by Islam, atheism.

Goodbye Christianity, it was nice having you around, but it looks like the atheists have won. According to a report in the Daily Mail, a dwindling fraction of British children have any specific knowledge of the Bible and the Archbishop of Canterbury warns that the Church of England is now just a generation away from extinction.

The church in England is becoming more of a relic than a vibrant institution. This is what happens when you weaken a church and replace tradition with pop theology.

The church in England is becoming more of a relic than a vibrant institution. This is what happens when you weaken a church and replace tradition with pop theology.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/10/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Christianity, Bible, literacy, morals, values, Islam, atheism


LONDON, ENGLAND (Catholic Online) - Christianity is on the retreat in England, being wiped out by a rising tide of secularism and atheism in that country. A new generation of children is growing up without the Bible or even the ability to cite the Bible as the source for stories they may have heard of, such as the story of creation, Adam and Eve, and Noah's ark.

The surge of Bible illiteracy is reflected in the Daily Mail's statistics, which shows that 54 percent of children in England have never had Bible stories read to them by adults, and one-in-three people, including adults, could not identify where the birth story of Jesus could be found.

One-in-three!

According to the paper: "This rose to 36 per cent for the tale of the Good Samaritan and 41 per cent for Samson and Delilah. Nearly two-thirds - 59 per cent - had no idea the stories of David and Goliath and Jonah and the Whale were from the Bible."

All this is despite the fact that most Britons agree that the Bible and Christianity teaches good values and is useful for teaching good morals and values. Even atheists agree that people should be familiar with scriptures, although for less-than-honest reasons, and generally speaking, an understanding of the Bible is essential to appreciating English and European literature as well as history and culture.

The study even claims that a stunning 46 percent of British parents who were surveyed misidentified a Harry Potter plot sequence as coming from the Bible.

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As the Bible is removed  from schools, is reshelved under "fiction" in libraries, and removed from hotel rooms, reverence for a book that has given us morals, values, laws, culture, and more, not to mention the obvious gift of a road-map to salvation (no less!), Bible literacy is plummeting. Children can recite passages from Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, and other popular books, but they have no knowledge of the scriptures.

It's easy to see why when the parents also lack basic knowledge.

It is a shame for many reasons, even if only taken from a literary standpoint. The Bible is filled with wondrous stories, thought-provoking parables, as well as psalms and proverbs that are famous around the world and throughout history. A person who lives by the commandments of the Bible lives well, no matter where.

To withhold such knowledge from children is to unleash them upon the world wholly unprepared for the reality of life and the life to come after this. It borders on extreme neglect from many perspectives and schools should be turned to address this most glaring gap in education.

More importantly, parents have a sacred and solemn obligation to learn the scriptures for themselves and to share this with their children. Let the warning of England be a warning to the rest of the Christian world.

As Christianity in England dies, Islam and atheism continue to flourish.

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