David Cameron wants to defend Christian values - but how religious are we?

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During his Easter address, David Cameron has declared that Britain is built on "Christian values" and that it must defend those values in the face of terrorism.

He said the religion had "helped to make our country what it is today".

Values of responsibility, hard work, charity, compassion and pride in working for the common good and honouring the social obligations we have to one another, to our families and our communities.

These are values we treasure. They are Christian values and they should give us the confidence to say yes, we are a Christian country and we are proud of it.

However, not everyone agreed with his sentiment:

While many have used the opportunity to relentlessly mock our fair PM, just one look at data from the Pew Research Center's 2015 Global Attitudes survey - which measured how people around the world feel about religion in their lives - the UK isn't particularly bothered with religion.

Generally speaking, religion is more important to people in poorer countries than in richer ones - but the US, where 53 per cent of people feel strongly about their religion, bucks the trend, with the highest-ranking entry out of all advanced economy nations.

Ethiopia in the Horn of Africa topped the list of nationalities which consider religion most important, with 98 per cent of respondents who said that the Ethiopian Orthodox Church is a very important part of who they are.

Senegal and Indonesia, which are both predominantly Muslim, come in at number two (97 per cent) and three (95 per cent) respectively, but many countries with religious plurality such as Nigeria (a mix of Islam and Christianity) and India (mainly Hindu) are still near the top of the list with 88 per cent and 80 per cent respectively.

Graph: Statista

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