Nearly three quarters of Scots say they are not religious


I appreciate this may not be good news for readers of faith. While I welcome this news, I don’t mean my report to be in any way dis-respectful of those who do adhere to a religion.

A Survation poll for the Humanist Society (Scotland) found that 72.4% of Scots said they were not religious while only 23.6% said they were. This is quite an increase from a similar poll in 2011 in which 56% said they were not religious and 35% said they were.

Official Census statistics are based on a differently worded question where they are asked if they ‘regard themselves as belonging to any particular religion’ tend to return figures suggesting a higher level of religiosity and the Humanist Society have complained that this leads to religious institutions having too much say in society. This, they argue is especially true in education where Scotland’s churches hold the balance of power in local education committees.


The above map gives an idea, based on 2010 statistics of the degree of religiosity across Europe.


6 thoughts on “Nearly three quarters of Scots say they are not religious

    • macgilleleabhar September 19, 2017 / 8:13 am

      May I claim secularism as my region?
      I cannot see why in a democracy unelected people should have a place in government.
      Unionists seam very keen to support and populate the unelected majority at Westminster . I wonder why?


      • johnrobertson834 September 19, 2017 / 10:22 am

        Would I be right in suggesting Tories/Unionists are more likely to pretend religious feelings?

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      • johnrobertson834 September 19, 2017 / 10:23 am

        I’m an ordained priest in the church of the latter day Dude. Come join the slowest-growing religion in the world – Dudeism. An ancient philosophy that preaches non-preachiness, practices as little as possible, and above all, uh…lost my train of thought there. Anyway, if you’d like to find peace on earth and goodwill, man, we’ll help you get started. Right after a little nap.

        First, you might want to
        Get ordained as a Dudeist priest. There are nearly 450,000 worldwide.

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  1. Ludo Thierry September 19, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    Hi John – I’m not blessed or cursed by a religious frame of mind – but I like to paraphrase a Mexican aphorism much touted during their Revolution regarding their proximity to the USA and distance from God’s mercy:

    Poor Scotland – so close to Westminster and so far from God!

    Cheers all, Ludo


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