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).
What is Street Epistemology?
Epistemology is a branch of philosophy. It is concerned with the theory of knowledge (Wikipedia). The Street Epistemology (SE) method typically involves a 10-minute discussion. The discussion is between an SE practitioner (a Street Epistemologist) and someone who believes in God (or another supernatural belief). Initially, the religious person often gives several reasons for their belief in God. But the underlying reason usually comes down to ‘faith’. SE allows people to reflect on how they arrived at their deeply-held beliefs.
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‘.
The 2017 Atheism UK AGM will be held in the Artists Room at Conway Hall.
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.