For half a century, the Church of Sweden has experienced decline of participation in church activities. The level of participation in church activities decreases. Church statistics show that.
At the same time, religious education has been dismantled in the public schools. The church’s education following infant baptism has disappeared, and the education offer before adolescent confirmation competes in a tough market with other teenager interests.
A recent survey carried out in local setting shows that the level of knowledge and interest in religious matters and life values is low. The parishioners lack a language for talking about religion, and their knowledge about basic religious concepts are next to nil.
These facts are related. Church management has led the church towards its grave. It has turned the blind eye to receding school responsibility for teaching the basics of Christianity. It has not established a faith school directed by the church itself and aimed at its young members. Instead church management has reformed its basic books and diversified its services, i. e. reforms which are meaningful only to a shrinking minority of the population, the faithful members.
Tampere, FI: Church Research Institute , 2012. 258-272 p.