For the first time, more than half of people in the UK do not identify as religious, a survey suggests.
Last year 53% of people described themselves as having “no religion”, in a survey of 2,942 adults by the National Centre for Social Research.
Among those aged between 18 and 25, the proportion was higher at 71%.
The Bishop of Liverpool said God and the Church “remains relevant” and that saying “no religion was not the same as considered atheism”.
The figures, shown to BBC Radio 5 live, reveal a downward trend for religious belief in the UK.
When the national centre’s British Social Attitudes survey began in 1983, 31% of respondents said they had no religion.
A random sample of adults were involved in the latest survey and they were asked whether they regarded themselves as belonging to a particular religion.
Almost two in three 25 to 34 year olds said they were non-religious, …
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