Increasingly the question is being asked in Britain: "Can religion survive as an effective force, or is it doomed to die?" With the enthronement of a new Archbishop of Canterbury, this question takes on new relevance. The churches in Britain have steadily and inexorably lost their influence on the lives of the majority of the people. A recent poll carried out by the Opinion Research Centre found that only 29 percent of all Britons now believe in a personal God, 42 percent never go to church, and another 11 percent go less than once a year. This loss of religious influence is no less true of the Church of England - the Anglican Church - than it is of the other churches. In succession to Dr. Michael Ramsey, Dr. Donald Coggan has ascended the throne of Augustine to become the 101st Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of All England. Many are looking to him to breathe new life into the Church of England.
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