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Atheists gaining on Christians

Christianity is waning in England.

The British Parliament study showed there were 41 million Christians in Britain, down nearly 8 percent since 2004.

Nonbelievers stood at 13.4 million, up 49 percent over the same period. Researchers concluded that Christianity had declined to 69 percent of the population while those with no religion increased to 22 percent.

"If these populations continue to shrink and grow by the same number of people each year," the study said, "the number of people with no religion will overtake the number of Christians in Great Britain in 20 years."


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