Secular Majority in Britain

Here’s a research summary excerpt you won’t be seeing in the United States anytime soon:

Two thirds of UK adults (66%) or 32.2 million people have no connection with church at present (nor with another religion). These people are evenly divided between those who have been in the past but have since left (16 million) and those who have never been in their lives (16.2 million). This secular majority presents a major challenge to churches. Most of them – 29.3 million – are unreceptive and closed to attending church; churchgoing is simply not on their agenda.

Two thirds! My math skills tell me that’s more than the approximately 10% of non-religious people in America. This chart below also gives you some hope for the future:


I love my age bracket.

The Labour Humanist
has more on this study!

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  • null

    It’s a shame that we have the creationist types given a free reign in schools, though.

    Thanks, Blair, you asshat.

  • HappyNat

    Older people tend to be more religious. I wonder how many of the young folks will “find god” as they age.

  • miller

    I think if there are that many people, it’s probably because it has become the default position of apathetic people. I don’t think there is a single issue that more than 50% truly care about. Not that there’s anything wrong with that here; I think it’s good that people aren’t worrying themselves about imagined entities. I’m an apathy sympathizer.

  • Mike C

    Older people tend to be more religious. I wonder how many of the young folks will “find god” as they age.

    I don’t think it’s an age thing. I think it’s a generational thing. During the time I spent in England, a lot of folks told me that World War II basically destroyed the faith of most Christians in Europe and Britian. That is probably why most people born before WWII are still religious and most after are not. There has been a steady decline of faith over there ever since that watershed event.