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Explaining the situation of churches in Germany

The churches in Germany are losing members drastically every year. Look at the following figures showing the number of people signing out of the organization year by year:

Year    Evangelic Church     Catholic Church

1970   202.823                    69.454

1980   119.814                    66.438

1985   140.553                    74.112

1987   140.638                    81.598

1988   138.700                    79.562

1989   147.753                    93.010

1990   144.143                  143.530

1991   237.874                  167.933

1992   361.256                  192.766

1993   284.699                  153.753

1994   290.302                  155.797

1995   296.782                  168.244

1996   225.602                  133.275

1997   196.602                  123.813

1998   182.730                  119.265

1999   192.880                  129.013

2000   188.557                  129.496

2001   171.789                  113.724

2002   174.227                  119.405

2003   177.162                  129.598

2004   141.567                 101.252

2005   119.561                   89.565

2006   121.598                   84.389

2007   131.000                   93.667

2008   168.901                 121.155

The figures are officially taken from the Federal Statistical Office of Germany and the administration of the evangelic and catholic church in Germany.

The following chart shows the number of people leaving the evangelic and Catholic Church every year in Germany.

Kirchenaustritte

The churches use their income from the church tax for the following:

Catholic Church:

  • Employees: +- 60%
  • Administration: +- 10%
  • Buildings: +- 10%
  • Schools and education: +- 10%
  • Social work and help for the poor: +- 10% (What a scandal, because the churches always ask to help the poor)

Evangelic Church:

  • Employees: +- 70%
  • Administration: +- 10%
  • Buildings: +- 10%
  • Schools and education & Social work and help for the poor: +-  10%

Income out of church tax 2002:

  • Catholic Church: 4.1 Billion Euros
  • Evangelic Church: 4.3 Billion Euros
  • Total: 8.4 Billion Euros tax free money
  • Paid by church members: 5.05 Billion Euros (60.1%)
  • Paid out of country tax funds: 3.35 Billion Euros (39.9%)

The following statistics show the amount of members of the church organizations.

Year Population Ev. Church in % Cat. Church in % Total in %
2001 82 440 309 26 453 592 32.1 26 656 014 32.3 53 109 606 64.4
2002 82 536 680 26 211 487 31.8 26 466 076 32.1 52 677 563 63.8
2003 82 531 671 25 836 192 31.3 26 165 153 31.7 52 001 345 63.0
2004 82 500 849 25 629 534 31.1 25 986 384 31.5 51 615 918 62.6
2005 82 437 995 25 385 618 30.8 25 905 908 31.4 51 291 526 62.2
2006 82 314 906 25 100 727 30.5 25 684 890 31.2 50 785 617 61.7
2007 82 217 837 24 832 110 30.2 25 461 118 31.0 50 293 228 61.2
2008 82 002 356 25 176 517 30.7

Nondenominational people in Germany

Since the 20th century there is no more state church in Germany.

In 1970 the figure of 3.9% for nondenominational people was determined by the Federal Statistical Office of Germany in the Federal Republic of Germany at that time (Protestant 49%, Roman-Catholic 44.6%, Muslim 1.3%). The portion of the population without denomination amounted to 32.3% in 2004 and 32.5% in 2005 in the whole federal republic. In 2008 it rose once more to 34.1%. Besides, the group of the people without denomination is especially high in the new federal states where – according to statistics – between 65% and 80% of the population are not members of any religion. Causality for this high value was the atheistic adjustment of the GDR by which the churches had strongly lost to social meaning and humanity.

In Europe a trend towards the disengagement from church is recognizable in general.

The group of atheists, agnostics and therefore nondenominational people are growing from year to year.

The chart below shows the figure in 2008: Konfessionsfrei = nondenominational people

Konfessionen Deutschland

 
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