There are around 42 million Britons who see themselves as
nominally Christian, and there are approximately 6 million who are actively
practicing. The majority of Christians in the UK are Anglicans (known as Church
of England), though there are many other Protestant churches, and Roman
The great majority of Christians believe in one God, shown in three forms: as
God the Father; Jesus his Son, sent to earth in human form; and the Holy
Spirit, the essence of God working in the world today.
The essence of Jesus' teaching was to love God, and to love one's neighbour.
The traditional belief is that we will all be judged after our death, according
to how we lived our life, and sent for ever either to heaven or hell, but that
all the dead will be resurected at the second coming of Jesus. Catholics also
believe in purgatory, where people will be punished for their sins, but
eventually allowed to rejoin God in heaven.
Anglicans, Roman Catholics and Orthodox people worship in churches and
cathedrals (the main church for an area). Other Protestant groups may have
churches or chapels. Quakers, however, call their place of worship the Meeting