Christianity in Britain losing ground to Islam

By Trevor Grundy| Religion News Service, Wednesday, December 12, 1:30 AM
Source:  Washington Post

CANTERBURY, England — New figures from the 2011 Census show that the number of people who identify as Christians in England and Wales has fallen by 4 million over the last 10 years.

The data shows that numbers fell from 37.3 million in 2001 to 33 million last year.

Figures from the 2011 Census show the number of people declaring themselves to be atheists rose by more than 6 million, to 14.1 million.

It should serve as a warning to the churches that their increasingly conservative attitudes are not playing well with the public at large,” said Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society. “It also calls into question the continued establishment of the Church of England, whose claims to speak for the whole nation are now very hard to take seriously.

Other polls have detected similar shifts. The 2012 British Social Attitudes Survey showed that only about half of Britons claim a religious affiliation, down sharply from 20 years ago when two out of three Britons did. Barely a quarter of young people identify themselves as religious.

The new figures show that Islam is the U.K.’s second-largest religion, at 2.7 million. Hinduism is third, at 817,000. The number of self-identified Jews rose by 3,000, from 260,000 to 263,000.

The Muslim Times’ take on the development

What if 33 Million Christians and 3 Million Muslims Start Talking in UK?

1 reply

  1. Quoting the Telegraph

    By Damian Thompson

    Poor Rowan Williams: wrong to the end. Christianity is not “fading away” in Britain, he says. Yes it is, as the census figures clearly illustrate.

    Since the last census in 2001, the number of Britons identifying themselves, however loosely, as Christians is down 13 percentage points to 59 per cent.

    The number of respondents who say they have no religious faith is up 10 points to 25 per cent. Meanwhile, staggeringly, the Muslim population has grown from 1.55 million to 2.7 million, an increase of 1.15 million from 2001 to 2011.

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/damianthompson/100193771/christianity-is-fading-away-in-britain-as-islam-surges-and-agnosticism-spreads/

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