Dramatic Fall of Christianity In UK Continues With 26 Christians Reportedly Abandoning Faith for Every One New Convert
A new study has found that the United Kingdom’s nonreligious population is now bigger than its combined Christian one, with 26 believers abandoning the faith for every atheist or agnostic who decides to become a Christian.
The Benedict XVI Center for Religion and Society, launched by St. Mary’s University in Twickenham, released its May study based on data from the latest British Social Attitudes survey and European Social Survey, with key findings revealing the nation’s growing secularization.
The researchers noted that 24.3 million people, or 48.6 percent of the British adult population, identified as “nones” in 2015 and they are predominantly young, white and male.
The nones were found to have different faith backgrounds — 38 percent of people who now say they have no religion were brought up as nones, while 25 percent were brought up as Anglicans, 25 percent as Other Christians, and 11 percent as Catholics, before leaving the faith.
“For every one person brought up with No religion who has become a Christian, twenty-six people brought up as Christians now identify as Nones,” the study noted as a key trend.
“It is no secret that a large proportion of the British population consider themselves to have no religion,” wrote Stephen Bullivant, professor of Theology and the Sociology of Religion and director of the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society at St. Mary’s University.
“This has been a consistent finding of polls, social surveys, and censuses over the past several decades. In fact, the rise of the nonreligious is arguably the story of British religious history over the past half-century.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post