People of no religion outnumber Christians

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the idea that you don't need a religion is growing, it's not just in the UK but is spreading across Europe...


People of no religion outnumber Christians in England and Wales – study

Proportion of population who identify as having no religion rose from 25% in 2011 to 48.5% in 2014, surveys show

Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent
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Monday 23 May 2016


The number of people who say they have no religion is rapidly escalating and significantly outweighs the Christian population in England and Wales, according to new analysis.

The proportion of the population who identify as having no religion – referred to as “nones” – reached 48.5% in 2014, almost double the figure of 25% in the 2011 census. Those who define themselves as Christian – Anglicans, Catholics and other denominations – made up 43.8% of the population.

“The striking thing is the clear sense of the growth of ‘no religion’ as a proportion of the population,” said Stephen Bullivant, senior lecturer in theology and ethics at St Mary’s Catholic University in Twickenham, who analysed data collected through British Social Attitudes surveys over three decades.

“The main driver is people who were brought up with some religion now saying they have no religion. What we’re seeing is an acceleration in the numbers of people not only not practising their faith on a regular basis, but not even ticking the box. The reason for that is the big question in the sociology of religion.”

The report did not examine data from Scotland or Northern Ireland. Last month a Scottish Social Attitudes survey found that 52% of the population said they were not religious, compared with 40% in 1999.

In Northern Ireland, which has long been the most religious part of the UK, 7% said in the 2011 census that they belonged to a non-Christian religion or no religion.

The new analysis will fuel concern among Christian leaders about growing indifference to organised religion. This year the Church of England said it expected attendance to continue to fall for another 30 years as its congregations age and the millennial generation spurns the institutions of faith.

more to read: People of no religion outnumber Christians in England and Wales ? study | World news | The Guardian
 

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There are several countries where the unaffiliated outnumber the religious. And trends suggest that over the next 10-20 years, the number of countries will grow significantly.
 
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The trend started a very long time ago, when people began trying to apply Christianity rather than just mouth, and discovered the organised Churches doing otherwise, as in the First World War.
 
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There are several countries where the unaffiliated outnumber the religious. And trends suggest that over the next 10-20 years, the number of countries will grow significantly.
Sorry but the majority of 'no-religion' demographic of the world resides in communist or former communist states -- where religion is systematically eradicated as a matter of state policy.

Your statistics mean very little and only shows how atheists could just as easily (if not easier) suppress fundamental freedoms.
 
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the idea that you don't need a religion is growing, it's not just in the UK but is spreading across Europe...


People of no religion outnumber Christians in England and Wales – study

Proportion of population who identify as having no religion rose from 25% in 2011 to 48.5% in 2014, surveys show

Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent
@harrietsherwood
Monday 23 May 2016


The number of people who say they have no religion is rapidly escalating and significantly outweighs the Christian population in England and Wales, according to new analysis.

The proportion of the population who identify as having no religion – referred to as “nones” – reached 48.5% in 2014, almost double the figure of 25% in the 2011 census. Those who define themselves as Christian – Anglicans, Catholics and other denominations – made up 43.8% of the population.

“The striking thing is the clear sense of the growth of ‘no religion’ as a proportion of the population,” said Stephen Bullivant, senior lecturer in theology and ethics at St Mary’s Catholic University in Twickenham, who analysed data collected through British Social Attitudes surveys over three decades.

“The main driver is people who were brought up with some religion now saying they have no religion. What we’re seeing is an acceleration in the numbers of people not only not practising their faith on a regular basis, but not even ticking the box. The reason for that is the big question in the sociology of religion.”

The report did not examine data from Scotland or Northern Ireland. Last month a Scottish Social Attitudes survey found that 52% of the population said they were not religious, compared with 40% in 1999.

In Northern Ireland, which has long been the most religious part of the UK, 7% said in the 2011 census that they belonged to a non-Christian religion or no religion.

The new analysis will fuel concern among Christian leaders about growing indifference to organised religion. This year the Church of England said it expected attendance to continue to fall for another 30 years as its congregations age and the millennial generation spurns the institutions of faith.

more to read: People of no religion outnumber Christians in England and Wales ? study | World news | The Guardian
oh how people can be so manipulated?

saying one has no religious affiliation doesn't mean they are not religious/christian.

christians haters!!
 

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Sorry but the majority of 'no-religion' demographic of the world resides in communist or former communist states -- where religion is systematically eradicated as a matter of state policy.

Your statistics mean very little and only shows how atheists could just as easily (if not easier) suppress fundamental freedoms.
This isn't true... Here's a list of the top ten least-religious countries, in descending order:

Estonia, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Hong Kong, U.K., Vietnam, France, Russia, Belarus. Only about half of those in the top-ten list qualify as "communist or former-communist."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Importance_of_religion_by_country
 
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This isn't true... Here's a list of the top ten least-religious countries, in descending order:

Estonia, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Hong Kong, U.K., Vietnam, France, Russia, Belarus. Only about half of those in the top-ten list qualify as "communist or former-communist."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Importance_of_religion_by_country
What unmitigated nonsense. Do you even understand the statistics you are posting here?

Estonia, the leading non-religious country has a population of 1,312,300 people, 84% of which are non-religious which accounts for only a little over 1 million people.

Russia, ranked ninth on your list, has a population of 143.5 million people, 60% of which are non-religious which accounts for a whopping 86.1 million people.

So, estonia, your leading non-religious country accounts for only 1% of russia's non-religious folk -- which was my point all along.
 
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As a comparison to your dishonest use of statistics, here is a list of countries with the most 'irreligion' by population.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_irreligion

The statistics for 2004 has china leading this list with a total of 103-181 million (depending on who was doing the survey). Compared to your statistics, it appears that there is a decrease in 'irreligion' in china.
 

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What unmitigated nonsense. Do you even understand the statistics you are posting here?

Estonia, the leading non-religious country has a population of 1,312,300 people, 84% of which are non-religious which accounts for only a little over 1 million people.

Russia, ranked ninth on your list, has a population of 143.5 million people, 60% of which are non-religious which accounts for a whopping 86.1 million people.

So, estonia, your leading non-religious country accounts for only 1% of russia's non-religious folk -- which was my point all along.
You didn't mention Japan, with a population of 127 million of which 75% are non-religious. That's about 95 million non-religious people - even more than Russia.
 
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