1st October 2008

“The US and the UK are two nations divided not so much by a common language as by a common religion. In the former, Christianity is officially absent but unofficially everywhere; in the latter it underpins the entire structure of state but usually dares not speak its name.”

Nick Spencer

2 Responses to “1st October 2008”

  1. Chris Says:

    As a member of the former, I’d like more insight on the latter. My impression is that religion in the UK is and has been on the decline with the exception of numerous unforgivable accommodations made recently to the odious Islam. Is my impression wrong?

  2. Hypatia Says:

    My impression is that religion in the UK is and has been on the decline

    The long term trend in the UK has been down for decades. Congregations are typically shrinking by around 2% per year.

    Unfortunately, there are a lot of high profile people and politicians who are very visibly religious – the most obvious example being Tony Bliar. And having an established church means that religion has a high profile despite the lack of public interest. The most worrying aspect is the growing number of church controlled schools – one of Bliar’s unpleasant legacies.

    BTW I’ve heard that US congregations are declining at a similar rate. However, the starting point is much higher so you’ve got longer to go.