Charles the Third may be ‘the defender of the faith’ but a trend away from Christianity indicates a future where ‘no faith’ is more likely.
Steve McAlpine addresses the Western trend away from the Christian faith, evidenced by disturbing statistics from leading countries, and asks, “What will faith look like for future monarchs?”
Much ink was spilled a couple of decades ago when King Charles III (then the Prince of Wales) stated that he would prefer his title to be ‘defender of faiths’ rather than ‘defender of the faith’. Charles – in his multicultural, multi-faith zeal – was keen to embrace the growing religious pluralism of Britain. But now the statistics are pointing in a different direction.
The king finds himself the titular head of the Church of England at a time when fewer and fewer Britons identify with his kingdom’s once-national religion.
But does the West losing its Christianity equate to losing its faith? And are the rising number of ‘nones’ (those recording no religion) really a generation that has turned its back on the transcendental?
Join Steve as he considers what the trends really mean and the sort of world the Christian faith is likely to find itself in when Charles hands over his crown.
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