CoE worried about rise of evangelicalism?

The Economist believes the Church of England is worried about evangelicalism's growth in England:


Ever since the 18th century, England’s established church has harboured a suspicion of religious enthusiasm. Anglicanism’s cosy ubiquity as a reassuring, if vestigial, presence in every English suburb and village is regarded as a defence against the sort of fanaticism that leads to social or ethnic conflict. But every so often in English church history, compromise and emollience have triggered a countervailing reaction: an upsurge in faith of a more passionate kind. Such a change may be under way now.

As the number of people who are actively committed to the Church of England falls, the proportion of churchgoers who are serious about their faith—and its implications for private and public life—is growing. Peter Brierley, a collector of statistics on faith in Britain, reckons that 40% of Anglicans attend evangelical parishes these days, up from 26% in 1989. That is against a background of overall decline; he thinks the number of regular worshippers in the Church of England will have fallen to 680,000 by 2020, down from about 800,000 now and just under 1m a decade ago. The lukewarm are falling away, leaving the pews to the more fervent.

Comments (2)

Guess it's time for the less-serious to get more serious!

Bruce Robison
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

This comes down to the contradiction of Establishment again.

If a disestablished CofE wanted to be holy-roller Evangelical, there's no reason they shouldn't be [Not commenting on what their relationship w/ TEC would be then! O_o]

But an Established CofE is answerable to the nation (including all those "falling away").

JC Fisher

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