Non-religious up by 83%
2011 Census results revealed
The results pertaining to the religious affiliation of residents of the United Kingdom, as determined by the 2011 census are out. Unsurprisingly the number of Christians is down, by 4 million people, or 12.4%. The percentage of Christians is now recorded as 59% rather than the 72% in 2001.
More interestingly the number of people who specifically state they have no religion has risen from 7.7 to 14 million, a whopping increase of 83%! This now represents 25% of the population, and is the second highest category. If we also include those who did not state a religion the number goes up to 18 million, which is 32%, virtually one third of the population.
We should also remember that, although we can be confident that those who specifically answered ‘no religion’ gives credence to the statistics for that category, the same is not the case for those who answered with a particular religion. It is likely that some, or many, people who answered affirmatively with regards to having a religion would have done so because they feel themselves to be culturally religious, and not necessarily practitioners of the religion, or even believers. So, the number of people who are actually non-religious is probably much higher.
This is a great sign that society is becoming more rational, and less prone to superstitions and delusions, year by year!