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Religion in Britain: neither believing nor belonging

Voas, David and Crockett, Alasdair (2005) 'Religion in Britain: neither believing nor belonging.' Sociology, 39 (1). pp. 11-28. ISSN 0038-0385

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Abstract

‘Believing without belonging’ has become the catchphrase of much European work on religion in the past decade. The thesis that religious belief is fairly robust even if churchgoing is declining is examined using data from the British Household Panel Survey and the British Social Attitudes surveys. The evidence suggests that belief has in fact eroded in Britain at the same rate as two key aspects of belonging: religious affiliation and attendance. Levels of belief are lower than those of nominal belonging. The roles of period, cohort and age effects on religious change are considered; the conclusion is that decline is generational. In relation to the rates at which religion is transmitted from parents to children, the results suggest that only about half of parental religiosity is successfully transmitted, while absence of religion is almost always passed on. Transmission is just as weak for believing as for belonging.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2013 10:32
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2013 10:32
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7871

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