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‘Non-practicing Christians’ form largest religious bloc in Western Europe

May 29, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: A Pew Forum survey has found that “non-practicing Christians” form the largest religious bloc in the nations of Western Europe. While 91% of the people in Western Europe are baptized, Pew finds, only 71% currently identify themselves as Christians, and just 22% attend church services. Pew categorizes 46% of the region’s population as “non-practicing Christians.”

In what may be a noteworthy result of the survey, among those “non-practicing Christians” an overwhelming majority—87%—report that they have raised or are raising their children as Christians.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - May. 29, 2018 4:39 PM ET USA

    "In what may be a noteworthy result of the survey, among those 'non-practicing Christians' an overwhelming majority—87%—report that they have raised or are raising their children as Christians." The blind leading the blind? Would anyone who intimately knows the Catholic faith be "non-practicing"? The Catholic faith is a much a _doing_ faith as it is a _believing_ faith. "Non-practicing" means "non-doing." "Non-doing" and "Catholic" are contradictory terms where living of the faith is concerned.