There are now more than 2,200 separate charities in Britain, according to the charity charity bible institute, but only half of them are religious.
The institute’s annual report, released this week, found that the number of churches, charities and community groups has increased by 40% in the past 15 years.
According to the report, the number is set to double again within the next 25 years.
The charity bible says it aims to provide “a rich and robust community that celebrates God’s love for all, including those who are less fortunate”.
The institute is funded by the Church of England and has a national network of more than 500 organisations.
The report says: “The rise in religious diversity is likely to lead to increased social inequality, with the rise in the number and prominence of religious groups likely to exacerbate existing social tensions.”
The charity, which works to reduce social exclusion and inequality, recognises that some forms of religious expression can also have a harmful impact on social cohesion.
“In the UK, the church’s annual reports say it is the second most popular religion, with about a quarter of the UK population identifying as Christian.
The report’s authors, professor Roberta Wilson and professor Paul Waugh, said: “Religion and community life in Britain have always been marked by the rich, diverse and often difficult relationships between the different religious groups, but over the past decades, the rise of non-religious and secular communities has coincided with an increased willingness to be open to other faiths.”
This trend has led to a significant increase in the proportion of people who identify as non-Christian, with more than half of people identifying as either non-Catholic or non-Muslim in the UK.”
But in the United States, the “free exercise” of religion is increasingly being challenged.”
Religious freedom” is a buzzword in the West, where the freedom to practise any religion, including a faith, is increasingly under attack.
But in the United States, the “free exercise” of religion is increasingly being challenged.
In a recent study of nearly 2,000 Americans, the Pew Research Center found that nearly half of the respondents said they believed religious freedom laws should be “strengthened”, while more than a quarter agreed with the statement “no one should be forced to follow a particular religion”.
The report also highlighted the rising number of nonreligious and atheist individuals in the US.
“The rise of atheists and agnostics has coincided particularly with the emergence of nonreligion as a distinct identity in the country, as well as a surge in the numbers of nonatheists and agnostic people in the population,” the report says.
As part of the study, the researchers asked respondents if they had ever considered leaving a religious affiliation.
A total of 878 respondents, or about 6% of the total population, said they had.