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Statistics Show for Every Christian Convert in UK, 26 Believers Abandon Their Faith

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2017 May 15
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Although Christianity is on the rise in countries such as China where Christians face intense persecution, research shows it is on decline in other countries, such as the UK.

According to a study conducted by The Benedict XVI Center for Religion and Society, undertaken by St. Mary’s University in Twickenham, for every one person who converts to Christianity in the UK, 26 believers abandon their faith and becomes an atheist or agnostic.

"For every one person brought up with No religion who has become a Christian, twenty-six people brought up as Christians now identify as Nones," the study found.

"It is no secret that a large proportion of the British population consider themselves to have no religion," wrote Stephen Bullivant, professor of Theology and the Sociology of Religion and director of the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society at St. Mary's University.

"This has been a consistent finding of polls, social surveys, and censuses over the past several decades. In fact, the rise of the nonreligious is arguably the story of British religious history over the past half-century,” Bullivant continued.

In 1983, Christians of various denominations made up 67 percent of the UK’s population. By 2015, that number had dropped to 43 percent.

Other research conducted by the Gatestone Institute, found that Islam is growing in the UK.

"British multiculturalists are feeding Islamic fundamentalism. Above all, Londonistan, with its new 423 mosques, is built on the sad ruins of English Christianity,” said a report from Gatestone.

 

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Publication date: May 15, 2017