State of the Church in Europe

The continent which boasts some of the worlds most beautiful cathedrals, now is one of the spiritually darkest regions on the planet.  In the past 30 years in Germany, the percentage of people who believe in God has dropped from 72% to 43%.  In the Czech Republic, only 30% of people believe in God.  So 2 out of every 3 people you meet in the Czech Republic don’t believe in God.  And only 15-20% of Europeans would say that God is an important part of their life.

In college, I got to live and study in Copenhagen, Denmark.  It’s one of my favorite places in the world!  Only 9% of Danes believe religion (of any kind) is important – 1 in 10 people.  When it comes to actually going to church, in 2008, 14% of Europeans attended church weekly.  In Germany, only 6% of people go to church on a weekly basis.

Back in 1980, 23% of Europeans said they had a great deal of confidence in the church (so, at most, 1 in every 4 people you met), but by 2008, only 11% of people had any confidence whatsoever in the church.

Europe’s cathedrals used to be packed out!  They were not simply built so big to God’s glory, they made them so big so that everyone could fit in them.  But today, most of them literally stand empty and a lot of them have even been sold and turned into businesses, schools and stores.

Did you know that hospitals were started in Europe by Christians?  At one time in history, Christians were the only people willing to care for the sick and poor, even, and especially, during the bubonic plague.  Today in Europe, there are countless people who truly do not know a single Christian…

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