Basic religious information
Religion in the United Kingdom (UK)
|"[Religion] as George Carey so dramatically put it in 1998, is 'bleeding to
death.' Although many Britons would claim to be 'C of E', it seems the
allegiance stretches only as far as 'hatches, matches and dispatches'--being
baptized, married and buried in Anglican ceremonies." Brian Draper, in an
Amazon.co.uk book review. 10 |
|"...people questioned about how much they go to church, give
figures which, if true, would add up to twice those given by the churches." Monica
|"Organized religion is in near-terminal decline in Britain..."
Matt Barnwell & Amy Iggulden, of the News.Telegraph. 12|
|"...the British are now a largely irreligious people. Only a minority
believe that God exists and almost everyone acknowledges that Britain is
becoming an increasingly secular society." Anthony King, The Telegraph.
The UK is following the religious trends of the rest of Europe: Christianity
is in free-fall. The culture is rapidly becoming more secular. As of 2007, total
attendance at Roman Catholic Sunday mass exceeded attendance at Sunday services
at Church of England. In the words of the Telegraph newspaper: "Britain has
become a 'Catholic Country'." If current trends continue, the UK will
become a majority Muslim country by 2050.
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UK religious data showing a gradual slide from anherence to Christianity into secularism and a bit of anti-religious bias: