Is religious belief declining in Britain?

Gill, Robin and Hadaway, C. Kirk and Marler, Penny Long (1998) Is religious belief declining in Britain? In: Meeting of the International-Society-for-the-Sociology-of-Religion, Toulouse, France. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The understanding and interpretation of the presumed "secularization" of Britain and other European nations is clouded by a lack of adequate information regarding the substance and timing of religious change. This paper represents the first systematic effort to collect and analyze existing survey data on religious belief in Britain from the late 1930s to the present. Overall, the results show an increase in general scepticism about the existence of God, the related erosion of dominant, traditional Christian beliefs, and the persistence of nontraditional beliefs. A theoretical perspective is needed that recognizes the often corrosive effects of modern life on the transmission of religious beliefs and the continued popularity of worldviews which presume a transcendent referent, however broadly defined.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Additional information: Meeting of the International-Society-for-the-Sociology-of-Religion TOULOUSE, FRANCE, JUL, 1997 Int Soc Sociol Relig
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: R.F. Xu
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2009 16:16
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2014 15:16
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/17769 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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