Religion is largely irrelevant to young Britons, who rely instead on a ”secular trinity” of themselves, their family and friends to give meaning to their lives. A study for a book published by the Church of England concludes that people born after 1982 – Generation Y – have only a ”faded cultural memory” of Christianity. Fewer than one in five young people believes in a God ”who created the world and hears my prayers” and teenagers were more likely to believe in the ”nicer” parts of religious doctrine than the devil and punishment. Pop songs were played at memorial services ”because the young congregation did not know any hymns”.

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