Study Looks at Trends for Atheism

A study of atheism found that atheists tend to be younger, well-educated liberal males who are sometimes less happy than their religious peers. A study of religion in England found that Norwich had the largest number of people who professed no religion, at 42.5%. While the rest of England and Wales averaged around 25% atheist.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Examining the trends for atheism can help a church better understand the reasons why people leave the faith and how to reach them with the Gospel.

  • Younger Males: If younger males tend to be atheists, there are important questions church leaders can ask about their priorities and maintaining an appearance of self-sufficiency.
  • Atheism Isn’t Working:Church leaders can respond to younger atheists with compassion because while they may have bravado on the exterior, they tend to be unhappy.
  • Atheism in Pockets:You may not have a large pocket of atheists in your context, so there may be other concerns with spiritual but not religious people or marginal Christians to consider.

Are there statistics available for your region so that you can explore religious affiliation demographics?

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