The Church of Sweden has departed from being a strong and stern state church. In the past, Swedes were born into it and, until 1951, no one one was allowed to leave the church. These days, however, it is an institution that has very little to do with Christianity or Jesus. Sweden now, according to the World Values Survey, is one of the world’s most secular countries; every year a large number of Swedes leave the church.
It used to be that only atheists left the church; now it is the devout Christians that leave – in protest against the church’s increasingly questionable relationship to the Christian faith.