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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.