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.
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 150 minute debate about the role of religion and belief in British public life is reviewed by Chris Street (President, Atheism UK, since June 2014). The House of Lords debate on Thursday 27th November 2014 was initiated by Lord Harries, a former Bishop of Oxford.