The amount of British people who identify as Christians is rapidly decreasing.
Three decades ago, 66 per cent of British people would call themselves Christian - it has declined to just 38 per cent today.
A survey of 3,879 people, aged 18 to 24, showed only one percent of those identify as Anglican. Fifty-two percent of respondents said they do not affiliate with any religion whatsoever, continuing the trend toward secularism in both the U.S. and the U.K, reports Faithwire.
The survey's report shows the non-religious population in the U.K. is becoming increasingly atheist. One in four stated unequivocally: “I don’t believe in God.” In 1998, only one in 10 said the same.
“Most were simply not brought up with a religion, with a smaller minority having lost a childhood faith,” the report states. “Those who do not regard themselves as belonging to a religion are increasingly secular, that is, likely to say they are ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ unreligious.”
This trend towards secularism is not only prevalent in the U.K., but throughout all of Europe.
Two-thirds of people in the Netherlands have no religious faith and one-fifth of all churches in the Netherlands have been converted into libraries, apartments, offices, and other commercial spaces.
In 2016, two-thirds of Dutch people said they have no religious affiliation whatsoever. And one year before, in 2015, a majority of people in the country — 63 percent — claimed religion does more harm than good.