As many as 3,879 people have been polled for the British Social Attitudes report last year, highlighting how Britain’s spiritual identity has been reshaped since 1983. Among those surveyed, only 38 percent of Britons described themselves as Christian, down from 50 percent in 2008, just 11 years ago. This result is even more astonishing if compared to the one gathered in 1983, when this survey was first taken, with 66 percent of the Britons polled then describing themselves as Christian. On the other hand, the number of those identifying as Muslim has increased, going from one percent in 1983 to three percent in 2008 and 6 percent in 2018.
But more than half of the people polled, 52 percent, describe themselves as non-religious, up from nearly 31 percent of those who in 1983 said they didn’t belong to any religion.
The decline of Christianity in Britain is even more “dramatic” because 2018 marks the first time the percentage of those describing themselves as Christian dropped below 40 since 1983.
The report by the National Centre for Social Research, published today, said: “The past two decades have seen international conflict involving religion and domestic religious organisations, putting themselves at odds with mainstream values.
“We find a dramatic decline in identification with Christian denominations, particularly the Church of England, a substantial increase in atheism and in self-description as ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ non-religious but tolerance of religious difference.”
The report also said the data gathered offered “compelling evidence that the process of secularisation continues unabated”.
As many as 11 percent of those surveyed who said they were religious said attended service at least once a week – a rate that has remained stable since 1998.
But 50 percent of the same group said they never pray, up from 41 percent in 2008 and 30 percent in 1998.
However, the number of those who said pray “several times a day” is up from five percent in 1998 to eight percent.
The report described the disaffection towards Christianity and religions in general is “generational”.
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SOURCE: The Express, Alice Scarsi