UK: Atheism and Islam on the Rise; Christianity Suffers ‘Dramatic Decline’

UK: Atheism and Islam on the Rise; Christianity Suffers ‘Dramatic Decline’ July 12, 2019

This is nothing unusual and fits in with the trends I have often reported here. Atheism and Islam look to be increasing in the UK, and Christianity is taking a beating.

As The Telegraph reports:

hristian belief has halved in Britain in 35 years with just one in three people now identifying as Christian – while atheism and Islam continue to rise.

Figures published by the British Social Attitudes Survey reveal the widest ever margin between staunch atheists and believers who are certain that God exists.

Of almost 4,000 people polled by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), 38 per cent described themselves as Christian – a fall from 50 per cent in 2008 and 66 per cent in 1983.

Those identifying as Muslim increased from 1 per cent in 1983 to 3 per cent in 2008, and 6 per cent in 2018.

The survey shows that the biggest change is in the number of people who define themselves as “confident atheists”, which rose from 10 per cent in 1998 to 18 per cent in 2008 and its record high of 26 per cent in 2018.

In contrast, researchers found that an overall 55 per cent of the population express some sort of belief in some kind of God.

Nancy Kelley, deputy chief executive at NatCen, said that the steady decline in religion and belief among the British public is “one of the most important trends in post-war history”.

“As our society has become more secular, the role of religious institutions and religious identities in determining our moral and social norms has weakened. Other world views, such as scientific rationalism and liberal individual-ism, now play a more significant part in British society.”

The report’s authors said the survey suggests Britain is becoming more secular “not because adults are losing their religion” but because older people with an attachment to Christian denominations are “gradually being replaced in the population by unaffiliated younger people”.

There is an interesting use of the term “confident atheist”, which differentiates those strong believers in something as opposed to those many who are simply apathetic.

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