Christianity is on the wane in Britain, dropping to record lows while the number of Muslims has exploded by 72 per cent.
The number of Christians has fallen from 40.2million down to 36.1m, with further declines projected.Christianity is still the largest faith group in the UK by a significant margin but those falling away from the church are increasing in numbers and more has to be done by faith leaders to prevent further decline, says the report.
The Casey Review published earlier this month shows that Islam is now the second largest religious population in the UK.
Meanwhile a separate report published by the Brierley Consultancy says UK Church membership has declined from 10.6m in 1930 to 5.5m in 2010.The first mosque in Britain, called the The Shah Jahan Mosque, was built in Woking, England in 1889 and there are now an estimated 1,750 in the UK.
The Brierley Consultancy report says: “The UK Church membership has declined from 10.6m in 1930 to 5.5m in 2010, or as a percentage of the population; from about 30 per cent to 11.2 per cent.”By 2013, this had declined further to 5.4mn (10.3 per cent). If current trends continue, membership will fall to 8.4 per cent of the population by 2025.”In England, membership is forecast to decline to 2.53m (4.3 per cent of the population) by 2025.”
Faith leadership has not to date been strong enough to counter the vocal minority who are bringing religion into disrepute
In other words, Muslims will outnumber active Christians in Britain in well under ten years.