The BBC reports that, according to the results of last year’s census in the United Kingdom, a much smaller portion of the population considers itself Christian than a decade ago – the smallest since the Christianization of the British Isles. In 2001, 71.7 percent of people living in England and Wales described themselves as Christian. In 2011, only 59.3 percent called themselves Christian.
The same census reports that there are more Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and people of other religions living in England and Wales. Still, most of the decline in Christianity was due to the rise of people who identify themselves as having no religion at all, rising from 14 percent to 25.1 percent.
In absolute numbers, the number of Christians in England and Wales declined by four million, while the population in general rose by 7 percent. The number of people who described themselves as Jedi, followers of the religion of Star Wars, also declined, to 177,000.
The Archbishop of Canterbury reacted to the news by saying that the idea that the British people are turning away from Christianity is just “cliche”. Apparently, the Archbishop thinks that reality is cliche, too.