A Church of England survey this week reveals the staggering extent of childhood indoctrination / socialisation* in Britain. The survey shows that nearly two-thirds of all British Christians become Christian when they were still toddlers at 0-4 years old. (1,2) Seventeen out of twenty Christians become Christian when children or teenagers, only one in twenty when adults.
* h/t Matt Sheard comment about socialisation 19/9/17.
Whilst half of Brits are Christian, four in ten don’t belong to any religious group. Almost six in ten of 19-24 year olds are non-religious.
Headlines of the British Social Attitudes Survey (BSAS) for 2016 were released this week showing the growth of non-religious. (1) The media has covered them widely. Those responding ‘no-religion’ to the question on religious affiliation were 52.8% of the interviewees (weighting corrected). This is the highest figure reported by the BSAS since it started in 1983. The Scottish Social Attitudes Survey shows an even higher figure of 58% non-religious. (2)
A Gallop poll indicates that 13%, more than 1 in 8 of the UK adult population, are ‘convinced atheists‘ (4). Most noteworthy, a further 53%, more than 1 in 2 adults, are non-religious. Only 30%, less than 1 in 3 of the UK adult population, are religious (1,3).
J. H. McKenna said:
“there are 21 reasons why many smart people find God unconvincing:
Matthew P. Turner submitted an essay about ‘Ignosticism’ to Atheism UK in May 2017. Norman Bacrac (an Atheism UK Council member) responds:
Matthew P. Turner wrote to Atheism UK in March 2017 asking
“Is there a name for the position that no meaningful debate can be conducted regarding ‘god’ because we lack a satisfactory definition of what ‘god’ even is?”
I replied suggesting ‘ignosticism‘.
David Silverman’s talk was organised by the Council of Atheism UK. David is President of American Atheists and the recipient of the 2017 Richard Dawkins Award. He talked about his book ‘Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World’.
The talk was held at ConwayHall to a packed (78 attendees, plus we had to turn 3 more away even though they had tickets because they were late) Brockway Room on Monday 24th July 2017. Watch the 80-minute presentation below.
A talk organised by the Council of AtheismUK.
Dave Silverman is President of American Atheists and recipient of the 2017 Richard Dawkins Award. David will talk about his book ‘Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World’ at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL on Monday 24th July 2017 at 7.30pm.
Update 9th April 2017: The ‘on camera’ interview with Ahlulbayt TV lasted 90 minutes. I spoke about many of the points raised by the twenty supporters/members of Atheism UK who emailed me or left comments on this post. Thanks all, for your comments. If any ex-Muslims would like to give their views about the failures of organised religion, let me know and I’ll put you in contact with Ahlulbayt. The documentary will be aired on Sky 831 channel during Ramadan (27th May – 25th June 2017) – I’ll add the precise date when known.
Atheism UK will be interviewed by the Islamic channel Ahlulbayt TV (Sky 831 channel) this Wednesday morning (22nd March 2017).
I’d be interested in any comments (today or tomorrow, 20-21st March) from Atheism UK members and supporters about “What are the failures of organised religion?”