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Talking Jesus!

Sarah Butler

28th September 2022

When considering how we define and measure religiosity, the 2022 Talking Jesus Report gives us lots to discuss, particularly around Christianity.

According to this report, 48% of the population choose to describe themselves as Christians. This is a decrease from 58% in 2015.

The age bracket 18-24 has the highest percentage of those choosing ‘none’ ( 27%); also the highest percentage of atheists 20% and of Muslims 14%.

One of the very helpful aspects of this survey is that it looks at practising vs non-practising Christians, which is a useful insight into the argument that many individuals identify as Christian as an identity only. Of the 48% identifying as Christian, only 6% worship regularly as part of a church community at least monthly, and pray and read the Bible at least weekly. Furthermore this 6% is down from 7% in 2015.

The 6% of practising Christians is evenly represented throughout the generations, however there are more women at 53%, compared to men at 45%.

If anything, the biggest takeaway from this 2022 report is that it confirms the secularisation, age and gender patterns we have been observing in tge UK in recent years.

You can read the full report here

Sarah Butler

Sarah is an experienced Head of Social Sciences, EPQ Coordinator and Sociology examiner.

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