The study contends in 2030 Britain will officially be less Christian than secular. [Bad use of stats, but interesting.]
The march of secularism means Britain may no longer be a Christian country in just 20 years, a report said yesterday.
If trends continue, the number of non-believers is set to overtake the number of Christians by 2030.
Christianity is losing more than half a million believers every year, while the count of atheists and agnostics is going up by almost 750,000 annually….
The findings help explain the increasingly forceful warnings from people of faith about the state of religion in Britain.
Last week a group of MPs and peers – Christians in Parliament – claimed public policy was promoting ‘unacceptable’ discrimination against Christians.
Yesterday the group’s chairman, former Tory justice minister Gary Streeter, warned that believers were having their faith ‘steamrollered’ by a ‘secular and hostile state’.
He said many were facing restrictions on their ability to practise their religion in public.
Cabinet minister Baroness Warsi also recently attacked ‘militant secularism’ and said the Church should continue to have influence over government policy.
Earlier this week campaigners said Christianity was being sidelined after it emerged that a council-run crematorium in Bath was to remove a glass window engraved with a four-foot cross to make it more suitable for other religions.
Secularists argue that Christians should no longer have privileged access in Parliament when the number who believe in God is declining so sharply.
Researchers came to their conclusion after studying the Labour Force Survey, which is carried out every year by the Office for National Statistics.
It is the most authoritative survey because of its regularity and its large sample size of 50,000.
It found that in 2010 there were around 41.1million Christians in Britain – down 7.6 per cent over the past six years.
There were around 13.4million non-believers, up 49 per cent over the same period.
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