Essay by theshitUniversity, Master's May 2003

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Secularisation is the term given to the idea that religion in its true form is on the decline in the UK. It maybe the impression that secularisation is happening in Britain, but to argue this point you have to first find the true meaning of religion. Is full on hard-core religion really going to church each Sunday morning in the hope you will make it into heaven when you snuff it? Or is it just a set of beliefs in something? Its in this sense that religion can never really be accurately because no one knows what exactly it is. If people measure religiosity by the amount of people that go to church each Sunday morning that how do you involve all the people that cant make it to church, such as the elderly, the poorly, people working etc. But then people could also argue that going to the perspective gatherings (church, mosque etc.)

is a major part of being religious, so in that sense it can be said that you're not truly if you don't go to church unless you have a life or death situation. If we were to measure religiosity based on church attendance figures then it would be very clear that religion in the UK is definitely in the decline. According to a poll done by the National Centre for Social Research (NCSR), the number of people who say they are members of the state religion (church of England) has dropped by 40% since 1983. The British Social Attitudes poll of more than 3,000 people showed 44% said they had no religious affiliation, down from 31% in 1983. That figure rises to two-thirds of 18-24 year-olds in the UK who say they have no religious affiliation, compared with a quarter of pensioners.

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