Survey: Number of British who claim “no religion” rises to 25%
posted at 5:17 pm on December 11, 2012 by Allahpundit
There are more Hindus and Muslims in the UK now there than were 10 years ago, but there’s no doubt which group is chiefly responsible for the dip in Christians as a percentage of the total population:
The number of Christians has declined in absolute terms too:
The Christian population of England and Wales has fallen by four million to 33.2 million in the past decade, the 2011 census reveals…
The Church of England said Christianity remained the most populous faith in England, but the fall in people choosing to identify themselves as Christians was a challenge.
Spokesman the Reverend Arun Arora said: “One of the reasons may well be fewer people identifying as ‘cultural Christians’ – that is, those who have no active involvement with churches and who may previously have identified as Christian for cultural or historical reasons.
The trend in the U.S. is similar but not as pronounced as in the UK. And Arora’s point about identification is well taken. In the U.S. survey at the last link, there was an open question as to how many people had “dropped” their religion versus how many hadn’t really been practicing it for years but only recently chose to identify as “not religious.” It may be that the spike in unaffiliateds is less a case of people abandoning their beliefs now than simply feeling it’s more acceptable to admit that they abandoned them awhile ago.