The statistics prove it, the UK is a very different place to 10 years ago. The 2011 census results have started to be released since late last year and now it becoming available in various different formats:
- The number who claimed to be Christian in 2001 was 72% (37.3 million), in 2011 it was 59% (33.2 million).
- Christianity is the only religious group who have decreased in number, but actually increased in Newham, Haringey, Brent, Boston and Lambeth.
- Over 240,000 people highlighted an 'other religion' on their census form - including 176,632 Jedi Knights. (Source)
Obviously the trends in the UK are similar in many European countries, but in many other parts of the world, religion continues to grow.
So what are the results? Stories such as these: Air cadets rewrite their oath to remove God from pledge presumably?
Secularisation is a key feature of UK society, that much is hard to deny. The questions will rest upon how the religious respond? Will this lead to conflict? Will secularisation continue at the same rate? Will the increase in growth from other religions affect the UK data for the 2021 census?
Changes in Upminster, UK: