The word “religion” was originally used in Latin to describe the social and cultural life of a community, but the word has come to refer to a particular kind of religious organisation or belief system.
In a recent BBC survey, 56% of respondents identified themselves as religiously unaffiliated, up from 47% in 2010.
This means that while the number of people who consider themselves to be religiously unafflicted is increasing, the proportion of people identifying themselves as religious remains stable at around one-in-five.
Religion, for those who identify as religiously religious, is often perceived as a form of “consumerism”, as opposed to the true religion, which is more grounded in the teachings of the Quran.
In many ways, the rise of religious belief has mirrored the rise in consumerism itself.
The global economy has seen a rise in demand for consumer goods and services, with increasing amounts of money going into the pockets of those in power.
This is not an isolated phenomenon, as the global economic downturn has also had a profound impact on the number and distribution of believers, and the number who are religious in their own right.
“In terms of religious groups, it’s been pretty much flat for the last 20 years,” says John Pugh, a professor of religious studies at the University of South Australia.
But where do people get their religious belief? “
And we see a very clear link between people’s desire to connect with the wider community and the belief that religion is important.”
But where do people get their religious belief?
According to the UN, religion is “a universal human right”.
As a society, religion has long been part of our cultural fabric, and its inclusion has long shaped our identities and beliefs.
As early as the 17th century, the first recorded instance of a Christian church was in a monastery in the UK.
The Anglican church in the United Kingdom has been around since 1550.
The first recorded Protestant church in Britain was in 1817, while the Protestant churches in England and Scotland were established in 1649 and 1660 respectively.
According to a 2009 report by the US National Association of Evangelicals, there were 1.8 million active Christian churches in the US in 2012.
A 2014 survey conducted by Pew Research showed that the number had reached a peak of 2.7 million in 2012, with a decline of almost one-third between 2011 and 2014.
The number of members of a religious group has also increased in the past 50 years.
In 2011, the Pew Research Center estimated that there were more than 4.3 million members of Christian denominations.
The latest study by the Pew Forum found that the numbers of Christians in the U.S. rose from 6.2 million in the 1960s to nearly 8.5 million in 2010, a jump of more than 10%.
The rise of Christian organisations and religious groups has also contributed to a rise of faith in the public sphere.
A 2010 survey by the Center for American Progress found that “the share of Americans who report being in a church increased from about half in the 1970s to more than half today”.
“I think religion has been a big part of the American experience,” says Pugh.
“Religion is embedded in American life and has been for a lot longer than we think.”
According to Pugh and other scholars, religion also has a role in our politics, with religion becoming more central to the political life of some segments of society.
“We’re seeing a strong religious identity that has developed in America, which has been part and parcel of American democracy for a very long time,” Pugh says.
“I’d argue that there’s been a lot of growth in religion in America in the last 30 years or so, but it’s still a very small minority.”
Religion has also become an important part of contemporary society.
According a study conducted by the University to date by the Religion Diversity Index, there are currently more than 500,000 members of religious organisations in the world.
This includes over 150,000 Muslim and Christian organisations, as well as more than 80,000 Hindu and Sikh organisations, with more than 70,000 non-religious organisations.
According in the report, the world is “not yet in a post-religious era”.
It is not just religious groups who are becoming more prominent in public life.
Political parties are increasingly interested in religion, as is the entertainment industry.
According the Pew study, there is an average of one member of every 100 Americans belonging to a political party.
“As Americans become more religious, they’re more likely to become political,” says Dr. Andrew Sullivan, a sociologist at Princeton University.
“There’s a growing sense that there is a broader social norm to be followed, and religion is seen as part of that.”
It is important to note, however, that there are many factors that may have