Faith no more: Questions over a liberal approach as Church of Scotland affiliation plummets

Sep 12, 2018 by

by Martin Williams, Herald Scotland:

QUESTIONS have been raised about how the Church of Scotland’s more liberal approach will help public engagement as a new study found less than one in five say they are affiliated to the Kirk.

The latest Scottish Social Attitudes survey has caused disquiet in some quarters as it reveals that those that say they belong to the Church of Scotland have fallen from 32% in 15 years ago to just 18% in 2017.

It also shows the numbers that say they are Roman Catholic has dipped slightly from 13%, 15 years ago to 12% last year.

But those who say they have no religion has shot up from 43% in 2003 to 56% in 2017.

Ian Montagu, senior researcher at the Scottish Centre for Social Research, said: “This year’s figures reinforce a gradual picture of overall decline in religious identity in Scotland – a decline most keenly felt by the Kirk.”

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