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There are more committed Christians in the current Government than at any time since the 50s.

There is considerable deliberation as to whether Britain today is still a 'Christian' country. Many researchers have relied heavily on measuring how Christian a nation Britain is by such things as church attendance and the prevalence of Christian rituals such as the traditional church marriage, baptism and confirmation services. These have been measured and compared to statistics taken from previous decades to try to determine whether or not Christianity is in decline in Britain. Some would argue that as methods of gathering these statistics have changed over the years; the results obtained from them for comparison against today's figures cannot be entirely relied upon to be accurate. Others argue that Christianity in Britain cannot accurately be measured by church attendance or ritual observation, but that there is far more to be taken into consideration if we are to gain a clear picture of the values and beliefs of the British public today. Furthermore, opinion poll has indicated that there are many people who do hold religious beliefs but are not members of any religious organisation. (Haralambos and Holborn, 470:2000). This would mean that in effect we cannot measurer the prevalence of Christianity in Britain by how many people attend Christian services or are Church members.

Grace writes that there are few people who would claim to be atheists in Britain and that many claim to believe in God without seeing the need to participate in religious ritual. (Grace, 2: 1994). Badham argues that although the Christian church has seen changes over the last few decades, including a decline in church attendance, the church is still influential in our society. (Badham, ix-xiii:1989). Furthermore, religious belief is not something that can easily be measured. Many people claim to have a belief or relationship with what they term a 'God' or a 'Higher Power' and do not feel the necessity of belonging to a religious organisation such as a church. (Haralambus and Holburn, 453:2000)

…the British people are by a great majority a believing people, to the extent that some 70 per cent of the population claim belief in God or in some sort of supernatural being…These beliefs, though they testify to a strong substratum of religion in British society, go along with widespread rejection of institutional religion… (Faith in the city, 1985)

So in conclusion, the argument that Christianity in British society is in decline, when founded on the evidence of societies lack of adherence to 'doctrine and dogma' and to 'ritual and ceremony' can be justified. But, these things alone are not a true measure of what it means to be a Christian in Britain today. Christianity is not something that can be accurately measured but through the action of British people through both government and church they are clearly still observable in this country.

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