The State and Christians in Western Europe
The notion of “Western Christianity” appeared in historical and geographical literature in the 19th century. According to Pew Research Center, Christians were the largest religious group in 2015, constituting 31% of the world population. From the research results of this centre it can be inferred that the world is becoming more and more religious: the number of people describing themselves as religious has increased in the world from 82% in 1970 to 88% in 2013 and it will reach 90% in 2020, as it is predicted in the report.
The religious vitality among young people is especially important for the future of Christianity in Western Europe as well as more generally – in Europe.
Overall, it can be concluded that religion constitutes an unfamiliar aspect of life for most young Europeans. For the future of Christianity in Europe, mainly in Western Europe, it has a pessimistic overtone.