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Religion in Britain Since 1945: Believing Without Belonging

ISBN: 978-0-631-18444-7
244 pages
December 1994, Wiley-Blackwell
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This important book describes as accurately as possible the religious situation of Great Britain at the end of the twentieth century, and evaluates this evidence within a sociological framework.
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Frontispiece: Ordinary God, : Donald Davie.

Foreword: Professor David Martin.

1. Introduction.

2. A Rapidly Changing Context.

3. The Sacred and the Secular: Religious Generations in Post-war Britain.

4. Religious Constituencies.

5. The Ordinary Gods of British Society.

6. Believing without Belonging: Variations on a Theme.

7. Handing on the Tradition: The Significance of Age and Gender.

8. Church and State: A Framework for Discussion.

9. Religious Professionals: Lay and Ordained.

10. Religion and Modernity: A Theoretical Postscript.

Bibliography and References.

Index.

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Grace Davie lectures in Sociology at the University of Exeter and is the co-author (with G. Ahern) of Inner City God.
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* This is the sociology of modern Britain which has been needed for almost a decade.
* It will become the standard text for a new generation of students.
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"For some time a book has been needed on the sociology of religion in Britain and that need has been met admirably and comprehensively by Grace Davie. This will be the standard text for at least a decade." Professor David Martin, London School of Economics

"A wonderfully readable history and a liberating experience." Roger Bowen, St John's College, Nottingham

"It will remain a valuable resource and a provocative challenge for years to come." The Tablet

"A Scholarly analysis from a sociological point of view of the religious situation in contemporary Britain, including aspects of secularization and the "believing without belonging" pattern". Missiology: An International Review, Vol. XXIII, No.3, July 1995

"A clear and penetrating analysis of many of the main contours of religion in modern Britain." Reviews in Religion

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