Evangelicalism In France, The Last Fifty Years

Evangelicalism In France, The Last Fifty Years

Protestantism is a very marginal minority in France, numerically less than 2% of the total population. France Mission estimates there are 1.700.000 protestants in France and 600.000 evangelicals. The first figure seems generous as people can say they are protestant when they are not catholic.

       In the second half of the 20th century, the Roman Catholic church “lost” France, with religious practice and christenings plummeting. In spite of that, it is still a cultural heavyweight in society, and if you say you are “christian” that will be understood as Roman catholic.    

       The mainline Protestant churches suffered a comparable decline, undermined by secularism and ecumenism. In this sense the Protestant minority in France adapted too well to the majority, both social and religious, and in so doing lost its soul through compromise with humanism or catholicism.

       Loss of doctrinal identity and the absence of a clear message constitute a menace to the survival of traditional churches...