Thursday, 18 August 2016

Flickering Sparks

Decline in UK Christianity 'Halts'

Sun 07 Aug 2016
By Antony Bushfield

The decline in the number of people calling themselves Christians has halted, new figures suggest.  A small increase in the percentage of Brits who classify themselves as followers of Christ has been found in the British Social Attitudes Survey.

The report, which is published every year, has not been official released but the Sunday Telegraph has reported some of its findings.  The amount of Brits who say they are Christian has increase in the past year from 42 per cent to 43 per cent, it says.  Such a small change is within the margin of error in surveys but if it is to be believed it shows a decade long decline in Christianity has levelled off.

Most of the increase in Christian numbers appears to have come from the 'nones' category, which includes people who had no faith. The number choosing that option fell from 49 per cent to 48 per cent.

Figures in the survey also suggest the number of young people with no belief is falling. Last year 65 per cent of under 25s identified themselves as not having a religion. Now it is 62 per cent.  The number of people saying they are Christian is now back at the same level it was in the survey seven years ago.

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