Basic Beliefs

  • Andrew Village


The Church of England holds to the historic Creeds of Christianity, expressing its distinctive beliefs at the time of its formation through the 39 Articles of Religion found in the Book of Common Prayer. This chapter examines the extent to which Church Times readers affirm some core doctrines and traditional beliefs. The analysis covers beliefs related to the resurrection, virgin birth, heaven and hell, pluralism, evolution, and the Bible. It shows how beliefs vary between different groups in the sample and how they changed between the two surveys in 2001 and 2013. Although beliefs varied between groups and over time in complex ways, the overall picture suggested that core doctrines were widely upheld, but there was increased acceptance of religious pluralism and biological evolution. In general, the Church of England still seems well placed to function as a vicarious holder of Christian beliefs on behalf of the nation.


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  • Andrew Village
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  1. 1.York St John UniversityYorkUK

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