| Commentary

6.3 Advancement of religion

| Commentary

6.3 Advancement of religion

Despite the decline in membership of the major churches, charities and trusts for the advancement of religion1 continue to be formed. This reflects in part the diversity of cultures and religious beliefs in modern society2.

It is charitable in law not only to provide and maintain places of worship, but also to further the religious and other charitable work of all the main religious denominations in this country, and of many which are smaller or less well-known3. The Charities Act 2011, however, contains one important change from the previous law4 in that a religion may involve belief in more than one god or not involve a belief in any god at all5.

The Charity Commission defines the characteristics of a religion for the purpose of charity law as:

  1. 6.3.1

        belief in a god (or gods) or goddess (or

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