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SECULARISATION 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 youre not truly if you dont 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 3000 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 The report found that 48 of people in the UK claim to belong to a religion compared with 86 of people in the US and 92
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