There is a frightening trend that is occurring in the UK for British citizens who state that they have no religion, or belong to a non-Christian faith, despite the fact that they were raised as Catholic, Anglican or Protestant and have identified as such throughout their earlier life.
According to the Census data since 2014 the proportion of the population who identified themselves as having no religion - 'noones' reached a record 48.5% in 2014, and this figure has almost doubled from 25% in 2011. There is a clear growth trend of 'no religion' according to the data collected by the British Social Attitudes surveys over the last 30 years.
The main driver of this change is caused by people, who were brought up as religious but later on in their lives have stopped practicing their faith on a regular basis. Even in the traditionally most religious part of the British Isles like Northern Ireland, an increasing number of citizens claim they belong to a non-Christian religion or to no religion.
These remarkable developments of the modern society we live in seem to point towards a scary phenomenon that is lying underneath – that of a shared disinterest and disengagement with the Churches, similar to the sentiments towards the political establishment.
The real concern should be for the Christian leaders of this country about the growing indifference to organised religion. This year the Church of England said it expected attendance to continue to fall. Moreover, according to Bullivant’s report, contemporary Catholicism in England and Wales – which will be launched at the House of Commons next week, both the Anglican and Catholic churches are struggling to retain people brought up as Christians. Four out of ten adults, who were raised as Anglicans define themselves as having no religion, and almost as many “cradle Catholics” have abandoned their family faith to become “noones”.
Neither church is bringing in fresh blood through conversions. Anglicans lose 12 followers for every person they recruit, and Catholics 10.
The vast majority of converts come from other Christian denominations, rather than non-Christians or people with no religion. The proportion of the population who describe themselves as Anglican plunged from 44.5% in 1983 to 19% in 2014. Catholics made up 8.3%, other Christians 15.7% and non-Christian religions 7.7%.
The disintegration of society and the loss of a common identity
One crucial observation is tantalising - are foreign religions taking over the British society? The first Muslim mayor in the Western world was elected in London. Traditionalists will voice their concerns of the danger of the eventual loss of British identity. Or that the British identity has become irreversibly interwoven with new fluid forms, variations and modifications from the influx of people from a vast range of faiths, traditions and customs, who settle in the UK and make Britain their home, and have their children here, who become the new UK generations, and replace the orthodox religious practice and affiliation and traditional rapport.
 Guardian - People of no religion outnumber Christians in England and Wales, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/23/no-religion-outnumber-christians-england-wales-study