Christians are ‘converting’ to unbelievers as nearly half of Britain turns ‘non-religious’

Rob Waugh

Britain is becoming a non-religious nation, with nearly half of us identifying as ‘non-believers’ – and it’s driven by a large number of Christians turning non-religious.

For every one person brought up in a non-religious household who starts going to church, 26 people raised as Christians turn into non-believers, a new report found.

Stephen Bullivant of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, says, ‘In 1983, 67% of Britons identified as some kind of Christian. In 2015, it was 43%.

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‘Over the same period, members of Non-Christian religions have more than quadrupled.

‘Those who identify as ‘No religion’ (i.e., Nones, the nonreligious) are 48.6% of the
British adult population. This is roughly 24.3 million people.’

London is now the most religious area of the country – largely due to large Muslim and other immigrant communities.

Bullivant writes, ‘ Inner London has, by far, the fewest Nones [non-religious people] in Britain at 31% (compared to 58% in the South East, and 56% in Scotland).

‘Inner London also has, by far, the highest proportion of those from Non-Christian religions (28%).