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Britain is neither Christian nor secular

By Paul Bickley  

St Mary's church in Wendover. Is Britain a Christian country? (photo: Peter J Dean)

After the leaders’ debates in the 2010 general election, “experts” and strategists gathered in “spin alley” to brief journalists on how their guy had won the day. This week, religious sociology went through its own spin alley. The Office for National Statistics published the religion data from the 2011 census. This prompted much crowing from religion’s critics, and for once the Church of England had a little nibble back, reminding everyone in a…

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