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|Subject: Re: Christianity collapsing in the UK!||Date: 12/12/2012 11:44 AM|
|Author: AdrianC||Number: 414587 of 481073|
Here's Dawkin's response article:
The exhilaratingly high figure of 25 per cent for non-believers – far more than any group except Christians – would be even higher if the census question on religion had been more intelligently framed. If they had asked “Do you have a religion?” instead of “What is your religion?”, polling data from the British Social Attitudes Survey confirms commonsense: the numbers of nonbelievers would have been massively higher.
I agree. British people often tick the "Christian" box on surveys when they really mean "I practice no religion". Dawkin's confirmed this with a follow up survey:
...the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (UK) commissioned an Ipsos MORI poll in the very week after the census. We asked only those who ticked the Christian box a series of supplementary questions.
When asked why they had ticked the Christian box, only 28 per cent of those who did so said it was because they believe the teachings of Christianity. The most popular answer to that question was, “I like to think of myself as a good person.” What? You ticked the Christian box because you like to think of yourself as a good person? Are you serious?
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