A new survey on British social attitudes shows that the Anglican Church lost 4.5 million followers over the last decade, while people who say they have no religion account for half the population and the number of Muslims now stands at 5 percent. The findings from NatCen’s British Social Attitudes survey released Sunday show a dramatic shift in religious beliefs in the UK over the past ten years.

While the Church of England has been in decline for the last 30 years, the past decade showed a massive acceleration in this trend and the number of Anglicans in Britain now stands at just 8.5 million or 17 percent of the population. It used to be 40 per cent in 1983. The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey voiced concern over the figures.

“These figures are a call to urgent mission. I have no doubt at all that the Archbishops, together with the whole leadership of the Church of England, are doing all they can to reverse this trend,” he said as quoted by UK media. FULL REPORT