Denmark's changing scene: As number of baptisms rises, thousands of Christians leave Church

There is both good news and bad news for Christians in Denmark.

The good news is that the number of baptisms is on the rise, according to Anders Gadegaard, the dean of Copenhagen's Church of Our Lady (Københavns Domkirke).

"We are seeing an increase in the number of enrolments [and] a rising interest in belonging to the Church of Denmark," Gadegaard said as quoted by The Local, a Danish online news source.

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However, Gadegaard admitted a sharp rise in the number of people who recently decided to leave the Church of Denmark. In the second quarter of this year alone, he said 10,300 people left the church—the highest quarterly figure since 2007, when official statistics on church withdrawals were first recorded.

He said the figure was twice as high as in the first quarter of the year and more than four times higher in the same period last year.  Continue reading...

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