The 2011 UK census revealed a sharp decline in the number of people identifying as Christians. It was down 13% on the previous figures, describing the religious beliefs of just 59% of Britons.
This still makes it the largest group of all, but when viewed in historical terms, it's a highly significant fall.
At the same time, the number of people identifying as 'no religion', Atheist, Humanist or simply ignoring the question rose expeditiously. It accounted for a quarter of the population.
As the mud-slinging began, the Church of England published a press release to counteract it. Reverend Arun Arora played down the decline in British Christianity by looking at religion as a whole.
"When all faiths are taken together, people of faith account for two-thirds of the nation - two in every three people identify themselves as having a faith."
That includes the Pagan religions. All of those writing Pagan, Wiccan, Heathen et al., would be considered 'people of faith' in Rev Arora's world view; and that is justified as an argument against those who would point out the prevalence of the non-religious.
Naturally, he went on to acknowledge that the Church of England faced challenges in modern Britain. But my jaw had already dropped at the Pagan inclusion in his rhetoric. It seems only (*counts on my fingers*) two decades ago that I was being thrown out of a multi-faith conference, for 'making a mockery' of the proceedings.
I had dared to suggest that Paganism may be considered as valid a faith as Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism and Jainism. I had politely requested that I, as a High Priestess, may take my place on the panel along the other religious leaders.
Only in the face of the greater 'danger' of Atheism does it appear that Pagans might actually have our day. Personally, I'm not sure that I want it on those terms.