Essay: Attention British, militant atheists! Brace yourself for the mighty, religious wave that is coming

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A mighty wave of religiosity is heading towards the UK.

Quote from the atheist who goes by the moniker - CircularReasoning, December 14, 2020: "Yep. That's pretty much.. User: Conservative... for you; the definition of insanity is using the same outdated statistics, usually from either vague quote-mines or the same heavily-biased sources, over and over again and expecting those of us who are atheists to be worried about our future. When he blathers about how enough people will emigrate from Muslim-majority countries that Western politics will soon be overrun by their religion's homophobia and intolerance of criticism, he omits that Britain has a number of ex-Muslim deconverts that is silently growing so rapidly, that UK mosques are freaking out."

"The Muslim population of the UK is set to triple in 30 years, according to projections from the Pew Research Centre." - The Telegraph, December 2017[1]

Between 2001 and 2009, the UK Muslim population increased almost 10 times faster than the UK non-Muslim population.[2]

On December 2018, The Times indicated: "The number of atheists in Britain has fallen in the past year, according to a survey suggesting that more people are attending church, albeit irregularly."[3]

Britain's Financial Times published an article in 2018 with the title/subtitle of: "The return of religion. Among atheists as well as believers, strident secularism is giving way to a renewed sense of faith’s hold." [4]

In April 2010, professor Eric Kaufmann, who is an agnostic, declared "the rate of secularisation has flattened to zero in most of Protestant Europe and France."[5]

"However, several studies have discovered that immigrants to Europe tend to be more religious than the host population and — especially if Muslim—tend to retain their religiosity (Van Tubergen 2006). Though some indicators point to modest religious decline toward the host society mean, other trends suggest that immigrants become more, rather than less, religious the longer they reside in the host society (Van Tubergen 2007). All of which indicates that religious decline may fail at the aggregate level even if it is occurring at the individual level (Kaufmann 2006, 2010). This article thereby investigates the hypothesis that a combination of higher religious fertility, immigration, and slowing rates of religious apostasy will eventually produce a reversal in the decline of the religious population of Western Europe." - The End of Secularization in Europe?: A Socio-Demographic Perspective. - Eric Kaufmann - Birkbeck College, University of London; Anne Goujon - World Population Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA); Vegard Skirbekk World Population Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), 2011

In most countries, with the exception of France, Muslim immigrants have nearly 100% retention rates for the second generation. - Eric Kaufmann, 2010.[6]

Growth of Evangelical/Pentecosal Christianity in the UK

See also: Growth of evangelical Christianity in Europe and Global creationism

Growth of pentecostal Christianity in the UK

Some 4.5million of the UK's foreign-born population claim to have a religious affiliation and more than half are Christian.

Church attendance in Greater London grew by 16% between 2005 and 2012.[7] In addition, the latest immigrants to the UK as a whole mean British Christianity is becoming more charismatic and fundamentalist.[8]

According to a 2016 BBC documentary, pentecostal Christianity is the fastest growing form of Christianity in the UK. In 2016, there were 500,000 pentecostal Christians in the UK according to the documentary.[9]

In 2010, the American sociologist Peter L. Berger said of pentecostalism : "One can say with some confidence that modern Pentecostalism must be the fastest growing religion in human history."[10]

Growth of evangelical Christianity in the UK

In December of 2017, the Church Times reported:

In 2016, the Centre for Theology and Community (CTC) published new research on Evangelical church-planting in east London, Love, Sweat and Tears (News, 8 April 2016, Features, 21 April). This confirmed the widely recognised image of Evangelicals as people who like to plant churches, but it also revealed that the way they work is not at all how people often imagine.

All of these Evangelical churches were planted in deprived areas, not suburbs; most of their members were local; one parish was cross-tradition; every parish was reaching people who do not attend church; and all of them were involved in social-action projects that served their local communities.[11]

On December 14, 2009, the British newspaper The Telegraph reported:

According to the Mail Evangelical Christianity is on the rise.

Some 4.5million of the UK's foreign-born population claim to have a religious affiliation. Of these, around a quarter are Muslim while more than half are Christian – with Polish Catholics and African Pentecostals among the fastest-growing groups.

While traditional churchgoing is on the decline in the UK over the past decade, the latest immigrants mean Christianity is becoming more charismatic and fundamentalist.

'Perhaps the most significant change has been the growth of Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity within migrant populations, particularly those from Africa and Latin America,' the report found.

'In Lewisham, there are 65 Pentecostal churches serving the Nigerian community, and others serving the Congolese, Ghanaian and Ivorian communities.'

Professor Mike Kenny of IPPR said: 'The research shows that recent waves of inward migration have given a boost to some of the UK's established faith communities at a time when Britain's society and culture are generally more secular, and smaller numbers of the indigenous population are regularly attending churches.

'Recent migration trends are altering the faith map of the UK. Their biggest impact is being felt in some of our largest cities: London above all, where a rich mosaic of different faith communities has come into being.'

Evangelical Christianity might be heavily African-influenced but it’s also spreading among the natives as well.[12]

See also:

Creationism, British society and British schools

Johns Hopkins University Press reported in 2014: "Over the past forty years, creationism has spread swiftly among European Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Hindus, and Muslims, even as anti-creationists sought to smother its flames."[13]

Bible believing Christians/evangelical Christianity/pentecostalism and adherents of Islam generally reject evolutionism and hold to creationist views. These religious schools of thought are growing in the UK.[14]

Islam and creationism

See also: Atheism vs. Islam and Islamic creationism: Atlas of Creation

According to Pew Forum, by 2030 Muslims are projected to make up 8% of Europe’s population.[15]

According the news website The Commentator: "Belief in evolution remains a minority position in virtually all Muslim societies around the world today. According to studies, 22 percent of Turks, 16 percent of Indonesians, 14 percent of Pakistanis, 11 percent of Malaysians, and 8 percent of Egyptians believe in evolution."[16]

In 2009, The Guardian reported:

Mass migration has led to a rise in creationist beliefs across Europe, according to a British scientist.

Michael Reiss, who is a professor of education at the Institute of Education in London and an Anglican priest, said the evolution-creationism debate could no longer be thought of as something that happened elsewhere and that more and more people in the UK did not accept evolution.

Reiss told the Guardian that countries with a higher proportion of Muslims or fundamentalist Christians in their population were more likely to reject evolution. He added: "What the Turks believe today is what the Germans and British believe tomorrow. It is because of the mass movement of people between countries.

"These things can no longer be thought of as occurring in other countries. In London, where I work, there are increasingly quite large numbers of highly intelligent 16, 17 and 18-year-olds doing Advanced Level biology who do not accept evolution. That's either because they come from a fundamentalist Christian background or from Muslim backgrounds."[17]

Abandon all hope British, militant atheists

Abandon all hope British militant atheists. The 21st century religious wave is on the horizon.

For more information, please see: European desecularization in the 21st century and British atheism

Notes

  1. Muslim population of the UK could triple to 13m following 'record' influx
  2. Muslim population 'rising 10 times faster than rest of society' 30 January 2009, Richard Kerbaj, The Sunday Times
  3. Atheism is Down as the UK Gets Spiritual, The Times, 2018
  4. FT.com Friday, March 30, 2018
  5. Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth by Professor Eric Kaufmann, The Mercator, 2010
  6. Eric Kaufmann - Religion, Demography and Politics in the 21st Century, video
  7. London Churchgoing and Other News
  8. I'm not surprised Evangelical Christianity is on the rise by Ed West, The Telegraph, December 14th, 2009
  9. Life and Death the Pentecostal Way Full BBC Documentary 2016
  10. Pentecostalism – Protestant Ethic or Cargo Cult?, Peter Berger, July 29, 2010
  11. Church growth is not just for Evangelicals
  12. I'm not surprised Evangelical Christianity is on the rise by Ed West, The Telegraph, December 14th, 2009
  13. Creationism spreading in Europe
  14. More bad news for British, militant atheists: Anglicanism, Evangelical Christianity,charismatic/pentecostal Christianity and Islam are growing in the UK. Non-religious portion of the UK sees a decline, Examining Atheism
  15. 5 facts about the Muslim population in Europe by Conrad Hackett, Pew Forum, November 17, 2015
  16. [The Muslim theory of evolution] by Ghaffar Hussain On 14 January 2013 10:03
  17. Migration is spreading creationism across Europe, claims academic by Riazat Butt, religious affairs correspondent, Friday 13 November 2009 07.49 EST