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Studies show a revival of faith in the UK

A recent study highlights a notable shift in religious attitudes among Generation Z in the United Kingdom, defined as those born in 1997 or later, indicating a potential resurgence of faith and heightened spiritual curiosity. The research indicates that individuals aged 18-24 demonstrate higher levels of religiosity compared to any other age group.


According to the study, 69% of respondents aged 18-24 believe their faith significantly influences their lives, whereas only 51% of those over 65 feel the same.

Additionally, 72% of young adults in this age group reported that their religion provides them with a sense of purpose, compared to 47% of those over 65, as per the survey by the Institute for the Impact of Faith in Life, conducted by Whitestone Insight. A key finding from the survey of over 2,000 UK adults is the diversity and openness among younger believers.

It was revealed that 76% of 18 to 24-year-olds have friends with different faiths or beliefs, indicating a higher level of tolerance and acceptance, unlike older generations who are less likely to have such diverse friendships.

Furthermore, 45% of Gen Z respondents showed a willingness to change their religious beliefs, in contrast to just 22% of those over 65.

The survey also found that Gen Zers are more inclined to view faith as a positive influence in public life. They support politicians discussing their faith openly and endorse the involvement of faith leaders in social and political issues. This is in stark contrast to the general population’s low confidence in religion as a societal benefit, with only 36% agreeing with this view.

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