While Christianity is hardly on the radar of young people in Western countries, Buddhism is growing in popularity.

In fact in the 90s, as people were leaving the church in their thousands, it was the fastest growing faith in the UK. Today, there are over 500 Buddhist centres and meditation sites in the country.

There is in Europe, the sense that Christianity has been “tried” and now it is time to try something else, Li-Anne Piwonka of WEC International told young European Christians at the Mission-Net Congress in Erfurt, Germany.

“And there are things we didn’t do so well so they open themselves up to other streams,” she said.

In fact, Buddhism is enjoying a surge in interest as a result of the popularity of New Age spirituality among young Europeans.

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