Most Western Europeans identificeret themselves as Christians, but they seldom or never go to Church — these are the results of a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, the results of which are quoted by the news Agency CNA reported Week.
Published on may 29, the results show that in 12 of the 15 surveyed Western European countries focused on non-practicing Christians (who call themselves Christians but attend services less than once a month) make up the largest religious group, surpassing the number of those who do not profess any religion and practicing Christians.
A telephone survey was conducted in mid-2017. The respondents were more than 24,000 people from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
The average percentage of the inhabitants of Western Europe, which identificeret themselves as Christians, is 71%, but only 22% participate in worship at least once a month. In all these 15 countries, the average percentage of the baptized is 91%, and 81% reported that they were brought up as Christians.
In all surveyed countries except the Netherlands and Norway, where the largest group are persons who do not belong to any religion, focused on non-practicing Christians are in the majority. Also the exception is Italy, where the number apracticaly and practicing Christians is approximately the same.
As reported by CNA, the amount of apracticaly Christians in Western Europe also exceeds the number of persons belonging to all other religions in General.
I should add that only 14% of respondents said that religion is for them in life is very important.