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 Surveyâ€™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 â€“ equivalent to around 17 million adults â€“ are in fact humanist in their basic outlook.
Another question found that 41% endorsed the strong statement: â€˜This life is the only life we have and death is the end of our personal existenceâ€™. 62% chose â€˜Human nature by itself gives us an understanding of what is right and wrongâ€™, against 27% who said â€˜People need religious teachings in order to understand what is right and wrongâ€™.
…..This is we we need a new religion
time to go Gnostic