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Subject: Re: [SFK-UK] Some help please - EYE Baptist Chapel
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2003 20:44:48 +0100
On 12 Aug 2003 at 18:17, AH wrote:
> Well hardly anybody bothers to go to church or chapel today, less than
> 5% of the population according to the last census. I think that this
> was referring to the established church, not to Muslims or Hindus.
> Do you have a specific date in mind?
> p.s Passing through Grundisburgh yesterday morning, I saw an open air
> prayer meeting taking place on the green, just like the old days!
I'm not sure what point Adrian is making in the first paragraph above as
the earlier question was about the meaning of a 'station' in relation to
Eye Baptist Church. However, it's worth noting what the census site says
about religion in Britain. (further info at http://www.statistics.gov.uk/
The question was voluntary yet more than nine out of ten people chose to
answer. And the evidence is that, overwhelmingly, the people of Britain do
claim a religion and most said theirs is Christianity. The clip from the
website puts it as follows
In 2001 the Census collected information about religious identity. The
topic was new to the Census in England, Wales and Scotland although the
subject had been included in previous Censuses in Northern Ireland.
Just over three-quarters of the UK population reported having a religion.
More than seven out of ten people said that their religion was Christian
(72 per cent). After Christianity, Islam was the most common faith with
nearly 3 per cent describing their religion as Muslim (1.6 million).
The next largest religious groups were Hindus (559 thousand), followed by
Sikhs (336 thousand), Jews (267 thousand), Buddhists (152 thousand), and
people from Other religions (179 thousand). These groups each accounted
for less than 1 per cent and together accounted for a further 3 per cent
of the UK population.
People in Northern Ireland were most likely to say that they identified
with a religion (86%) compared with those in England and Wales (77%) and
Scotland (67%). About sixteen per cent of the UK population stated that
they had no religion. This category included agnostics, atheists, heathens
and those who wrote Jedi Knight.
The Census religion question was a voluntary question. Nevertheless, over
92 per cent of people chose to answer it.
(Peterborough, Cambs, UK)