What does it mean to say that most people in England and Wales identify as having ‘no-religion’? Is Christianity a ‘minority religion’ in Britain? Is religion still mainstream but more diverse? Is ‘Generation Z’ the least religious cohort, to date?
The UK is swiftly becoming less religious: data from the 2021 Census suggested a significant shift during the last two decades towards ‘no religion’, mostly at the expense of Christian identity and practice. While the statistics seem clear cut – 22.2 million claiming they are not religious – this panel explores what is going on behind those numbers and considers how we understand belief, non-belief, and the morals, values and ideas that can, for many, replace religion today.
Join Professor Abby Day, Professor of Race, Faith & Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London and Dr Jasjit Singh Associate Professor in the School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science at the University of Leeds in conversation with the University of Chester’s Dr Dawn Llewellyn, Associate Professor in Religion and Gender for a lively and interactive panel discussing what factors contribute to changing beliefs, where religion grows and declines, the difficulties in measuring belief, and what this means for understanding contemporary British society.
This event is aimed at everyone, you don’t need an interest in religion or belief to attend