Where did the religion of France come from?

Where did the religion of France come from?

France is primarily Christian, and it is regarded as a Christian nation. Christianity in France began in Jerusalem with the persecution of Christians in the first century BC. After this initial surge, Christianity would fall into decline in Europe for nearly 1500 years. It was not until the fifth century AD that Christianity began to make a comeback.

During the Dark Ages, when Europe was suffering through wars, famine, and plague, some people started to believe that God had abandoned his people and wanted them to abandon him by going to church only on Easter and Christmas. These people called themselves Catholics and they made up about 25% of the European population. In the year 1054, Pope VIGILIUS announced that all Europeans who were not Catholics should be considered enemies of Christ and go out of their way to harm them. This declaration led to many battles between the Christians and the Muslims over the next few centuries but finally the Muslims were defeated and Catholicism became the official religion of France.

In 1532, FRANCIS I became the first Catholic king of France and set out to convert his country back to Catholicism. He succeeded in making Catholicism the official state religion again but because of this, he was exiled from France for 11 years.

Does France have a large Catholic population?

In France, Christianity is the most prevalent religion. The next year, an Ipsos study focused on Protestants and reported that 57.5 percent of France's overall population professed to be Catholic and 3.1 percent stated to be Protestant, based on 31,155 interviews. Another survey conducted by Pew in 2007 reported that 77 percent of French people identified themselves as Christian, with another 10 percent saying they were Jewish or Muslim. When asked about religion, 68 percent of respondents said they had no religion, 24 percent said they were Catholic, and 4 percent said they were Protestant.

The latest available data from the French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) indicates that approximately 95 percent of France's 50 million people are considered to be Christians, with less than 2 percent considering themselves as Muslims and less than 1 percent as Jews. While this represents a decline since 2001, when 96.9 percent of people in France said they were Christians, it has remained largely stable since 1986, when 95 percent of people were estimated to be Christian.

Almost all French people attend some type of church regularly. According to a 2012 survey published by Le Figaro, 95 percent of French people say they are religious, but only 25 percent describe themselves as very religious.

France has one of the largest Catholic populations in Europe.

Does France believe in Christianity?

Christianity (about 47 percent overall, with denominations including Catholicism, various branches of Protestantism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Armenian Orthodoxy), Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikhism, among others, are the major religions practiced in France, making it a multiconfessional country. In fact, France is one of only eight countries in Europe where religion is less common than ethnicity: 80 percent of the population identifies itself as Christian, with another 5 percent having no particular faith.

Although Catholicism was established in France when King Charles III was baptized in 1670, it did not become the official state religion until 1791, when the French Revolution broke out. The Church had been supportive of France's monarchy but became a target of anger during the revolution. The new government banned all religious ceremonies outside of Catholic churches and ordered that all churches be turned into museums or schools.

However, Catholics were still allowed to worship privately, so small groups based on family connections to getter-rich nobles began meeting in secret rooms in their homes. These meetings grew into societies when members paid annual dues for protection from violence done to them by their neighbors for being Catholic. Eventually, these secret societies became our first examples of political parties. They advocated for specific policies such as free education or health care - things that were not included in the official constitution of 1791.

In 1801, the French government legalized all religious rites, including Catholic rituals.

Why did France not become a Christian country?

In 1905, a French legislation separated the churches (Catholic churches were financed) from the state, establishing France as a secular state by guaranteeing religious freedom to all religions and denominations. The Catholic majority in France would fail during the following 100 years, and France would no longer be a Christian nation.

The law was passed because the French government wanted to prevent any resurgence of religion after decades of turmoil caused by religious wars. They also wanted to remove any obstacles to the integration of immigrants who had come to France from Islamic countries.

This law opened up the way for new religions to establish themselves in France and allows them to receive financial support from the state. It can also lead to religious groups splitting into different organizations with different leadership structures and practices. In fact, this has already happened to some extent with Christianity in France. There are two main branches of Christianity in France today: Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. Although they share many beliefs, both have their own hierarchies and rituals.

When the law was passed, Catholics made up an estimated 95% of the French population. Today, that number is down to about 20%. The number of Protestants has increased since then as many people have left the Catholic Church due to conflicts over issues such as birth control and homosexuality. However, most Protestants in France still have nothing to do with America's original 17th-century Protestant movement.

Is it true that France is a Muslim country?

"First and foremost, France is a Muslim country," Etienne de Gonneville declared. "Islam is France's second-largest religion." "We have between 4 and 8 million French people of Muslim origin," he remarked. The envoy accused "al-Qaeda propaganda" of encouraging Muslims to conduct terrorist crimes. He said that the majority of victims of terrorism are innocent civilians.

According to the 2006 census, Islam is the largest religion in France, with 23.5 million citizens belonging to it. However, only 5% of the population declares themselves as being of Muslim faith. The remaining 95% are composed mainly of Catholics (80%) and Protestants (15%). In the context of political Islam, France has the third largest Muslim population in Europe after Turkey and Germany. However, its rate of Islamic identification is one of the lowest in Europe.

Despite the fact that France has the second largest Jewish community in Europe (after Russia), no synagogue has been attacked by terrorists.

There have been cases of violence against Christians but they were not committed by Muslims. In 2004, two Christian churches were burned in France; one was burned down by an anarchist group and the other by right-wing extremists. In 2009, a man broke into a church in Normandy and vandalized it before being arrested. There have also been cases of vandalism against mosques but they too were done by non-Muslims.

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Kathleen Hoyt

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