In a nation that is often described as “post-Christian,” a spark of revival might be on the horizon.
A breeding ground of Darwinian evolution and atheism — and more recently, spreading Islamization — England has been recognized as falling away from its Christian heritage for generations. But recent survey results released by Oxford University indicate that a large majority is ready for a return to its Christian roots.
And just how many Brits ascribe to the belief that Christianity should make a comeback? A YouGov poll reveals that nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of the 1,800 participants in the study believe that Christianity should be taught in schools because children need to learn about it in order to understand English history. Furthermore, 57 percent say that learning about Christianity is essential for students so that they can truly grasp English culture.
But do the English think that Christianity should be taught for reasons other than to bolster their historical and cultural knowledge? It was found that a slight majority, or 51 percent of those polled, believe that Christianity provides a moral compass that helps children decipher right from wrong.
Failed humanism ushering in Christianity?
The poll results came as a pleasant surprise to Christian leaders seeking to influence culture with the Gospel.
“It is striking that so much of the public sees the need for Christianity to be taught properly,” expressed Andrea Williams, who serves as chief executive of Christian Concern. “We are often given the impression that teaching about Jesus and His message is old-fashioned and irrelevant to a modern generation. But this survey shows that many people value the Christian framework.”
Instead of new philosophies, naturalistic worldviews or modern psychology, which have proliferated in England for more than a century, citizens of the island nation have come to the realization that a return to the core teachings of the Bible is the way to true enlightenment.
A substantial segment of those polled (43 percent) maintained that a greater emphasis should be placed on the teachings of Christianity in RE (Religious Education) lessons. At the same time, 37 percent of participants in the survey are concerned that many of the RE instructors cannot teach Christianity effectively because they know little about it.
These figures indicate that Christianity is not a fading religion or worldview that’s being swept under the rug. The need for responsible and ethical behavior is no longer being ignored.