2011-7-19 17:15:07 Lucy
A hundred years ago, life in Europe and the USA was very different. Then, nearly everyone went to a church or synagogue once a week. Now, many people never go at all. Religion is still important though, especially to the Americans.
In the States, over 60% of the population goes to a church or synagogue. There are over 70 million Protestants, nearly 50 million Roman Catholics, and over 6 million Jews. Religion is an important part of American life. Americans like their President to be a religious man. They spend a lot of money on beautiful new churches, and many of them enjoy modern services with plenty of music and drama.
British people are less interested in religion than Americans.
About 16% go to church. Of these, 2.5 million are Protestants, and 1.5 million are Roman Catholics. There are also about one million Muslims and 400,000 Jews in Britain. Religion still plays a part in British life. There are beautiful old cathedrals and churches in every town and village, many people prefer to get married in a church and lots of people go to church at Christmas and Easter, the two main Christian festivals. For a long time, fewer and fewer British people have gone to church, but now things seem to be changing. The churches are very slowly growing again.