Christianity could become extinct in Britain, says former Archbishop of Canterbury
A former Archbishop of Canterbury has warned that the Christian faith could be “a generation away from extinction” in England.
Lord Carey, who was leader of the Church of England from 1991 to 2002, was commenting on a report that called attention to a sharp decline in the size of Anglican congregations. The report, submitted to the general synod of the Church of England, found that only 1.5% of England’s people attend Anglican services on a typical Sunday.
Lord Carey said that he saw a “feeling of defeat” among the clergy, and said that unless there is a “dramatic breakthrough” in attracting younger people, the Church of England will cease to be viable as a national institution.