How to become an atheist?
The question has become a familiar one to many in modern Britain.
But for many it has also become a challenge, with the growing number of young people who feel their faith has been “shamed” into becoming “non-believers” by religious leaders.
In recent years, the number of people who say they are “not sure” or “no longer identify as a Christian” has more than doubled.
Many say the pressure to become a Christian is a big factor in their decision to leave the faith.
Here’s how to change your mind and change the world.
Become an atheist and stop believing In the UK, a majority of young adults say they consider themselves Christian, according to a new survey by YouGov.
The survey, conducted by Ipsos MORI in June, also found that more than half (56%) of those aged 18 to 34 think religion is a religion and half (49%) say they do not think religion should be treated as a religion.
But many of these people do not believe the “Christianity of today” is based on Christianity’s founding text.
“We need to be able to accept the new ways of thinking,” says Dr Chris Kress, professor of sociology at St Mary’s University, Cambridge.
“The Christian tradition is not going to be replaced by the new one.”
The survey asked people what they would like to see happen in their own lives to “change the way in which the Christian faith is being used and accepted”.
One of the key things the survey found was that more people are becoming atheists than Christians.
But more people also feel that the way they feel about their religion, including the idea that it is an integral part of their identity, is changing.
One of those key questions: Do you consider yourself a Christian?
A majority of 18- to 34-year-olds say they “definitely” or some day will be (a) a Christian, and (b) an atheist.
The majority of those who do not see themselves as a member of a religion have an idea that Christianity is a faith.
Only 28% of people say they feel like they belong to a religion that is “not necessarily a religion”, with just 6% saying they are a member that is not.
The results are consistent with a growing number who do see their faith as “not a religion”.
The survey found that, in general, more people in the UK say that they have never been religious than say that today they do.
About two-thirds (67%) say that their religion is not a religious one, but a “strongly religious” one (51%).
About half of people (51%) say religion is an “important part of who they are”, while just 28% say they believe that they are not religious.
“For a lot of people, the way that they view themselves is evolving.
Some people are coming to terms with being an atheist, and some are still not ready to give up their religion,” says Kress.
Change the way you think about the world When people think about Christianity in their daily lives, they often think of its text and beliefs.
But in the past few decades, it has been a key part of people’s lives and many feel it is not enough to just accept it.
For a large number of them, it feels like they are losing their identity and the power to make the world a better place.
“I think there is a shift in how we think about our own religion and our own values and beliefs and what it means to be human,” says David Bostwick, a professor of psychology at University College London.
“That means it is a bit harder to see a relationship between faith and the rest of your life, to think that if you are not a Christian you are doing something wrong.”
A survey in 2016 by Pew Research Centre found that for the first time, half of British people (50%) feel that religion has a “very strong” or very “significant” impact on how they feel and how they live their day-to-day lives.
And in a 2015 survey by Pew, just 15% of British adults said they were a “Christian”, while 51% said they do “not believe” that religion is real or relevant to their life.
In a similar survey, just 18% of the British public said that they had a “good relationship” with their faith.
“A lot of my colleagues and I have been struggling with how to navigate our personal relationships with our faith and how we are living in the world and where we are heading as a result,” says Bost.
“There is a lot to be said for saying that your relationship with religion is your own, and I think that is what we need to have a conversation about.
We need to talk about what we do as a community, what we think is important in the wider world and what the role of religion is.”
But while some people may see their religion as having a strong