No religion is becoming the majority position

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Thinking

UK

#1 Aug 12, 2013
When the Sun commissioned a YouGov poll to ask 18-24 year olds in the UK this question, "What religion, if any, would you conider yourself to be?" 56% answered, "No religion."

This doesn't just mean they are not particularly religious, or they are tenuously defined as CofE but don't go to church. It means 56% said no religion.

It's a very strong statement.

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#2 Aug 12, 2013
Thinking wrote:
When the Sun commissioned a YouGov poll to ask 18-24 year olds in the UK this question, "What religion, if any, would you conider yourself to be?" 56% answered, "No religion."
This doesn't just mean they are not particularly religious, or they are tenuously defined as CofE but don't go to church. It means 56% said no religion.
It's a very strong statement.
http://cdn.yougov.com/cumulus_uploads/documen...
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spudgun

Stoke-on-trent, UK

#3 Aug 12, 2013
Thinking wrote:
When the Sun commissioned a YouGov poll to ask 18-24 year olds in the UK..
The young are the most Atheist group. They have been less exposed to religion, and are more educated in diverse viewpoints. The more education one gets the more you are likely to become an atheist.

I also think a factor at work in the UK is that the official church, the CoE is liberal, run by bishops who believe in a vague deist entity. The churches that are growing are the evangelical ones, the traditionalist ones are in rapid decline, and is set to continue.

Even though religion is on the decline, there is still a fascination with the supernatural, so superstition in its less organised forms is I guess going to continue for a long time.
Thinking

UK

#4 Aug 12, 2013
I agree plenty of people will always want to believe in "something".

Francis Wheen on the X-Files:(I'm paraphrasing) every week you were presented with a logic reason or a supernatural reason for an event. Every week it was the supernatural reason that turned out to be the cause. Now imagine a cop show where every week there is a white suspect and a black suspect. And every week the black suspect is guilty...
spudgun wrote:
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The young are the most Atheist group. They have been less exposed to religion, and are more educated in diverse viewpoints. The more education one gets the more you are likely to become an atheist.
I also think a factor at work in the UK is that the official church, the CoE is liberal, run by bishops who believe in a vague deist entity. The churches that are growing are the evangelical ones, the traditionalist ones are in rapid decline, and is set to continue.
Even though religion is on the decline, there is still a fascination with the supernatural, so superstition in its less organised forms is I guess going to continue for a long time.

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