28 January 2016, The Tablet

Religious 'nones' on the rise, but what's the truth behind the data? An evangelical theologian explains

by Andrew Atherstone

More Britons now say ‘None’ when asked their religion than say ‘Christian’. Sociologist Linda Woodhead argues that the Church of England is losing members because of the demands it makes on them. An evangelical Anglican theologian and historian disagrees Cue the obituaries for Christian Britain. The so-called “nones” – those declaring no particular religion – are on the rise, according to Professor Linda Woodhead’s research at Lancaster University into contemporary religious attitudes, which once again is making waves. Her latest poll, in conjunction with YouGov, has attracted widespread headlines because it reveals that when asked to describe their religious affiliation, more people in Britain now say “none” (46 per cent)
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