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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 12th July 2019 09:51
Atheism and Islam on the rise in the UK as Christianity suffers 'dramatic decline'

By Gabriella Swerling, social and religious affairs editor The Telegraph 11 JULY 2019

Christian belief has halved in Britain in 35 years with just one in three people now identifying as Christian - while atheism and Islam continue to rise.

Figures published by the British Social Attitudes Survey reveal the widest ever margin between staunch atheists and believers who are certain that God exists.

Of almost 4,000 people polled by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), 38 per cent described themselves as Christian - a fall from 50 per cent in 2008 and 66 per cent in 1983.

Those identifying as Muslim increased from 1 per cent in 1983 to 3 per cent in 2008, and 6 per cent in 2018.

The survey shows that the biggest change is in the number of people who define themselves as "confident atheists", which rose from 10 per cent in 1998 to 18 per cent in 2008 and its record high of 26 per cent in 2018.

In contrast, researchers found that an overall 55 per cent of the population express some sort of belief in some kind of God.

Nancy Kelley, deputy chief executive at NatCen, said that the steady decline in religion and belief among the British public is "one of the most important trends in post-war history".

"As our society has become more secular, the role of religious institutions and religious identities in determining our moral and social norms has weakened. Other world views, such as scientific rationalism and liberal individual-ism, now play a more significant part in British society."

The report's authors said the survey suggests Britain is becoming more secular "not because adults are losing their religion" but because older people with an attachment to Christian denominations are "gradually being replaced in the population by unaffiliated younger people".

They added that religious decline in Britain is "generational" as people tend to be less religious than their parents.

Dave Male, the Church of England's director of evangelism and discipleship, said: "For many people ticking a box marked 'Church of England' or 'Anglican' is now an active choice and no longer an automatic response. In spite of this, the Church of England remains at the heart of communities."

Andrew Copson, the chief executive of the non-religion charity Humanists UK, said: "With these trends set to continue, policymakers in every field, from education to constitutional law, to health and social care, need to wake up to such dramatic social changes."
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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 12th July 2019 10:03
dont wish to be negative but this is taking into consideration ALL those who identify as muslims eg shia qadiyais alawi etc plus those who are muslim by name. where as Christians on the survey are mostly those who are practicing Christians. cultural Christians dnt identify themselves as Christians on these surveys.

we have plenty of murtads and those who are muslim only by name but survey has included them as muslims
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#3 [Permalink] Posted on 27th March 2020 17:47
As an Israeli PM was once so fond of quoting, "Every challenge is an opportunity!"

(Metaphorically) Dive deep into melee with scimitar aloft & scoop up the prize of an abandoned crown with jewels strewn in accompaniment 'pon the castles' flagstones. Just as the stiff-necked Persians pennants stood in glorious array, here too the realm of the Lionheart, her children ever present in crusading zeal.

Just as in the past Brythonic lands ebbed & flowed betwixt pagan & Christian. The sun is setting upon rambunctious Victorian Protestantism that stood on the necks of the Musalman from East to West. The London Missionary society is a pale shadow of its former torch like gloire.

Jesuit Blairite Re-Catholisation has been halted apace by Brexit, though for how long will the Norman Lords bear this outrage by the Saxon cur? The Empire strikes back, is it Al-Islam or African Christianity?

Or, will the tsunami of American Protestant Evangelical fanatics, that do not even brook Popish power from the Americas to Africa & the Philippines, prove the salvation of Albion?

The simple honesty freshness of Islam has the opportunity to befuddle the scowling sage Belloc.
Islam can in the street win the hearts of African children burned by racist Greek fire, so too the melange, as the extant heartbeat is the Urban Black American Ghetto culture, familiar to Malik Al-Shabazz. Buddhist neo-pagan Aryanism may appeal to atheist Jews & Middle England.

However, for the urban turrets, thugs appalled by savage clan gangs may take refuge in the harsh sun of a puritanical Makkan spirit, whilst the cosmopolitan liberal countryside may adopt Sufi sophism of Madinah al-Munaverrah. The market is open & broad for all tastes.

Will the ex-colonial be stifled by the shackles of 1857 C.E. or step into the shoes of Sulaiman & Tariq?
Just like Byzance & the Anatolian hinterland, we have the successor of Turc & Moor ,pon Old Father Thames & Qasr Hamlets! Gird up your loins oh qabils of the Ummah of Mustafa sallalahu alaihi was-salam, & prove your fortitude & worth إن شاء الله
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