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Hope for the ‘Nones’?

Last week I was called by a producer from Radio 5, asking me to comment on a new report that claimed: ‘For every one person brought up with no religion who has become a Christian, 26 people brought up as Christians now identify as Nones (having no religion).’ To the radio producer this was clear evidence that Christianity was on a losing wicket and we’d be all out before tea.

Susie Leafe, Director of Reform

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I asked him to send me the report before I commented and, for a change, what I found there was both encouraging and challenging. Mark Twain is reported to have said: ‘Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are pliable’, so it is with some trepidation that I recommend reading the report, The ‘No- Religion’ Population of Britain, and the survey on which it is based. However, I think they offer a helpful insight into the backgrounds of those with whom we seek to share the Good News.