Britain going atheist after 1600 years of Saul’s version of Christianity

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In the UK, the percentage of the population which describes itself as belonging to no religion has risen from 31.4% to 50.6% between 1983 and 2013 according to the British Social Attitudes Survey’s 31st report issued in 2014. Among people aged between 15 and 24, the incidence of religious affiliation is only 30.7%. It is only amongst the over 55s that the majority of respondents are religious.

Conversely, the report found that only 41.7% of people in the UK identify as Christians compared to 49.9% in 2008 and 65.2% in 1983. The Church of England has seen the greatest decline in its numbers; membership has more than halved from 40.3% of the population in 1983 to just 16.3% in 2014.

A 2014 YouGov poll found that 77% of the population did not consider themselves to be religious, including the 40% who said they were not religious at all.

Religiosity is particularly on the wane amongst young people. A 2013 YouGov poll found that only 25% of 16-24 year olds believe in God, whilst 38% do not believe in either God or a greater spiritual power. The same study found that only 12% of young people pronounced themselves as being influenced by religious leaders.

An Ipsos MORI poll, published in January 2007 for the British Humanist Association indicated that 36% of people – equivalent to around 17 million adults – are in fact humanist in their basic outlook.

Another question found that 41% endorsed the strong statement: ‘This life is the only life we have and death is the end of our personal existence’. 62% chose ‘Human nature by itself gives us an understanding of what is right and wrong’, against 27% who said ‘People need religious teachings in order to understand what is right and wrong’.


…..This is we we need a new religion



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