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SecularizationIn Defence of an Unfashionable Theory$
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Steve Bruce

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199654123

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199654123.001.0001

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Religion Outside the Churches

Religion Outside the Churches

(p.79) 4 Religion Outside the Churches

Steve Bruce

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines two bodies of work that both challenge the secularisation paradigm of the decline in religion in the modern world with its focus on indices of formal involvement in institutional religion such as church attendance: Grace Davie's Religion in Britain since 1945 and David Clark's Between Pulpit and Pew. More specifically, the chapter considers the argument put forward by Davie and Clark that the secularisation paradigm's emphasis on institutional religion overlooks the substantial mass of popular religiosity and thus undermines the contrast between pre-modern and modern societies. It first analyses Davie's contention that the churches declined because of their increasing unwillingness to form public associations and not because people lost faith. It then discusses Clark's book, which looks into the religious life of Staithes, a small fishing village in North Yorkshire, England.

Keywords:   secularisation, institutional religion, church attendance, Grace Davie, Religion in Britain since 1945, David Clark, Between Pulpit and Pew, religiosity, churches

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