08 January 2007

Religion in Britain

More evidence that the labels people put on themselves do not necessarily reflect what they actually believe. 63% of British people say they are "not religious" and "have no personal faith" -- and this includes "more than half of those who describe themselves as Christian."

The survey also found that 82% of the British "say they see religion as a cause of division and tension between people. Only 16% disagree."

Thus it is clearly ludicrous to describe present-day Britain as a "Christian country" (and only 17% of the British themselves agree with describing it that way). It is a secular country with various religious minorities. The same is probably true of most of the rest of Europe, both western and eastern (strongly-religious Poland being the one major exception).

Found via War of the Waves.

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