Dec 15, 2004 / 22:00 pm
The Archbishop of York, the Church of England's second most senior clergyman, told the BBC that he would be "hard-pushed" to say Britain is a Christian country.
Archbishop David Hope told the BBC that commitment to the church had diminished and secularist tendencies had increased.
"Large numbers of people still describe themselves as believing in God. Large numbers of people still say they are Christians,” he said. “How they then express that Christianity has changed enormously."
However, he added that the number of people who continue to attend church regularly is encouraging.