Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Majority of People in Scotland Have No Religion; Only 20% of Scots Belong to Presbyterian Church

A new survey published by Scottish Social Attitudes reveals that more than half of the 5.4 million people living in Scotland have no religion, the Religion News website reports today (April 6, 2016).

The 52 percent of unaffiliated Scots represents a 12 percent jump from 16 years ago, when 40 percent of survey respondents said they had no religious affiliation.

The proportion of people who say they belong to the Church of Scotland -- the Presbyterian Church that for so long dominated almost every aspect of life in that country -- has fallen dramatically, to just 20 percent, down from 39 percent of the population in 1999.

"The survey's findings show that Scottish commitment to religion, both in terms of our willingness to say we belong to a religion and to attend religious services, is in decline," said Ian Montagu, a researcher at ScotCen Social research in Edinburgh, which runs the annual surveys.

No comments:

Post a Comment