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Far from worrying us, we should see the decline of faith as liberating

The idea that we "need" religion is insulting. The majority of Britons are now free to look elsewhere for their sense of values, meaning and community

By Julian Baggini  

Guardian journalist Ariane Sherine poses for an atheist campaign in 2009—today, new research shows the majority of Britons don't identify as religious. Photo: PA

“When a man stops believing in God,” said GK Chesterton, “he doesn’t then believe in nothing, he believes anything.” If he’s right, we must tremble now that data from the National Centre for Social Research published on Monday suggests the majority of Britons (53 per cent) say they have no religion. Responding to this in the Times, Daniel Finkelstein worried that “the decline of religion will…

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