United Kingdom: Christian Country or Atheist Country?


So a quick run through of some illuminating statistics from a couple of YouGov polls and the 2012 British Social Attitudes Survey (No 28) on the subject of religion and irreligiosity in the UK.

1) 00:18 Why Stefan Molyneux WAS Wrong About Atheism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJM_YVQCLig
2) 00:50 https://d25d2506sfb94s.cloudfront.net/cumulus_uploads/document/6v34wr1cpg/TimesResults_150209_atheism_Website.pdf
3) 03:15 http://www.gallup.com/poll/147887/americans-continue-believe-god.aspx
4) 08:26 http://www.britpolitics.co.uk/british-politics-post-war-consensus
5) 08:40 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_taxation_in_the_United_Kingdom
6) 08:57 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-Day_Week
7) 09:35 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_privatizations
8) 09:43 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thatcherism
9) 11:29 http://www.bsa.natcen.ac.uk/media/38958/bsa28_12religion.pdf
10) 14:30 http://cdn.yougov.com/cumulus_uploads/document/xbqfnxhcct/YG-Archive-140423-Religion.pdf



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Hugh O'Toole

Cultural Christianity.

M a r k M o n k

does it not seem logical to you that when people give up their religion they seek a replacement authority. doesn't not seem logical that government would be a perfect replacement for religion.


It's a Christian country. But the vast majority have NO TIME OR INTEREST in religion.

Just go to ANY church on a Sunday and you'll see.

Bitter Gubben

I believe that it is not religion/atheism that drives position on left/right issues, but that income inequality drives religiousness. If gaps are huge, then the poor, living hopeless lives, turn to religion for hope; and the rich, living privileged lives, have an emotional need to insulate themselves from the suffering of the poor and rationalize that they are so much better of – saying that things are the way they are because good made it that way, is one way to do so. As a welfare state develops, and cuts down on economic inequality, less people go into religion.Having a… Read more »


Great video Noel.The whole group of stats thing really does strike me as being perfectly reasonable and in line with how I personally perceive the country.Of the few occasions where religion does come up, it really is funny, in an exasperating way, of those that profess belief in a god, or identify as a christian, very, VERY few have even the slightest clue what they really believe or are knowledgeable about any aspect of it. It really is quite pitiful to hear them humming and hawing and attempting to justify belief in something they simply have NO clue about, save… Read more »

Secular Guy

As for the claim that I hear ever so often, that people become more religious as they get older.I think this is bunk too, because, and while I don't doubt that some people might become religious as they get older, the majority don't.If people got religion as they got older, it would show so this in the trends.Those who weren't religious ten years ago because they were feeling young and independent, would be saying 'yes I'm religious' in polls on religion now.And so the trends would remain about the same now as they were ten years ago. Young people would… Read more »


The UK is obviously an overwhelmingly atheistic country in terms of belief, but I suppose one could make the case that it's a 'culturally' Christian country. For the 2001 census, my mother wrote 'Church of England' down as the religious affiliation for everyone despite the fact that we had never gone to a church and had absolutely no idea what Christians actually believed. Today, my father says there is no god, my mother says she doesn't know and all of my siblings are atheists. My siblings went to a Church of England school whereas I did not, but this has… Read more »

His Lordship Smen Ka Ray

I've never understood answering I don't know to a belief question, you either believe or you don't, if you can't say I believe then your answer is you don't believe. there is a middle ground on belief a god is real and a belief that a god doesn't exist, but there isn't a middle ground about a singular belief it's a convinced or unconvinced a yes or a no.

Warped Reflection

I would say the UK is a Christian country culturally. I myself was never raised in a religion and am atheist, but the majority of people I know were either christened/baptised and call themselves a protestant or a catholic and that is the first answer they will give to someone asking or on a form, though when pressed further they are actually agnostic or atheist.


Neither, it's Muslim country now :)

I’d say we are an atheist country for the most part. Religion is still taught in our schools but in the same RE class my son was taught Greek mythology. I think Islam is the biggest religion here now, and that’s fine with me, they don’t knock on my door at teatime every bloody Sunday.