Abby Day is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Religious Studies, University of Kent. firstname.lastname@example.org .
Good result for census Christians: bad for old theologians
So, most people when asked to do so, ticked a box about their religious identity on the 2011 census, and most said they were Christian Numbers are down, as we would expect – not because of increasing numbers of non-Christians such as Muslims (still a tiny percentage of the population) but because older people, the most religious cohort of society, are dying. Young people are less religious. We know that, but the number is still important because census data are used to inform important political decisions about a range of issues, such as health, welfare, and education. The census helps the government decide about funding religious schools, for example.
Importantly, it fuels comments about what the real, perhaps ‘proper’ UK culture…
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