The decline in Christianity is slowing down, survey finds

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10th August 2016 10:59 - Museums, Libraries and Archives

The decline in Christianity is slowing down, survey finds: A recent survey has revealed that the decrease in British people who define themselves as Christians may be slowing down.The decline in Christianity is slowing down, survey finds

The survey findings revealed that the total percentage of British people who describe themselves as Christian has increased 1 per cent since 2015, from 42 per cent to 43 per cent.

As well as this, the proportion of people who defined themselves as having no faith fell 1 per cent, from 49 per cent to 48 per cent. Despite the shift only being small change, which are statistically insignificant, they allude to a reversal of the decline in Christianity that has been seen over the years.

One of the market researchers who worked on the project suggested that the findings suggest that there has been a temporary pause in the decline of religion in Britain.

The researcher went on to add that the percentage of individuals who said that they had no religion peaked in 2009 at 51 per cent and have since levelled off. He attributed this to the stabilisation of the amount of individuals who describe themselves as a Christian of some kind in the last 7 years.

Further to this, the researcher claimed that there has been a marginal rise in the proportion of Brits with a non-Christian religion counteracting a decrease in the amount of British Anglicans.

The survey also discovered that there was a three point decline in the amount of those under 25 who describe themselves as a non-believer.

In 2009, “no religion” was the most popular faith group in the survey at a rate of 51 per cent; however, it has declined since then. On the other hand, the number of those who identify as Christian has remained at the same level as it was in 2009.

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