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Poll finds younger non secular Brits are dedicated to their religion however Christians lack confidence

Poll finds younger non secular Brits are dedicated to their religion however Christians lack confidence


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A brand new ballot has discovered proof of excessive ranges of religion dedication amongst younger non secular individuals within the UK. 


The Whitestone ballot was commissioned by the Institute for the Impact of Faith in Life (IIFL) and surveyed 2,064 UK adults on their attitudes to religion.

Religious younger individuals aged 18 to 24 had been extra doubtless than non secular over-65s to say that their religion considerably impacts their life (69% vs 51%). 

Nearly three quarters (72%) of spiritual younger individuals mentioned their religion was the one true faith, in comparison with round a 3rd (35%) of spiritual over-65s. 

Over three quarters (78%) of spiritual kids mentioned religion formed their ethical values, falling to simply over two thirds (68%) amongst non secular over-65s. 

Young non secular Brits had been additionally extra more likely to have buddies with faiths or beliefs totally different to their very own (76% vs 53%), they usually had been additionally extra open to altering their minds about religion in comparison with older generations (45% vs 22%). 

Charlotte Littlewood, senior analysis affiliate for IIFL, mentioned the outcomes pointed to a “youth revival of religion”.

“The outcomes have proven that while legally and politically the UK has been on a normal course of secularisation, British youth are extra believing than these half a century their senior,” she mentioned.

“Faith is seen of upper worth, significance and affect to Gen Z in contrast with earlier generations. They are proven to be extra in search of of God and are extra zealous of their religion being that almost all of them imagine their religion is the one true faith.”

She added, “Overall we’re seeing what seems to be a youth revival of religion while holding onto values of tolerance, maybe some a lot wanted excellent news in a time when the headlines are crammed with information of accelerating inter-religious rigidity.” 

Further polling by the IIFL urged a “disaster of confidence” amongst Christians although, with over a 3rd (38%) preferring to not inform individuals about their religion, in comparison with 29% of Muslim respondents.

Only round 1 / 4 of Christians (28%) had been ‘exclusivist’ (believing their religion to be the one true faith), far decrease than Muslims (83%), which the IIFL mentioned indicated “excessive ranges of cultural Christianity amongst this group within the UK”.

Only half of Christians mentioned their religion helped them discover objective in life in comparison with 88% of Muslims, 70% of Hindus and 80% of Buddhists, though amongst ‘exclusivist’ Christians this rose to 87%.

The ballot additionally discovered declining appreciation for the position of Christianity in British tradition, falling from 74% amongst over-65s, to lower than half (46%) amongst 18 to 24 12 months olds.



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