"For some time a book has been needed on the sociology of religionin Britain and that need has been met admirably and comprehensivelyby Grace Davie. This will be the standard text for at least adecade." 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 challengefor years to come." The Tablet
"A Scholarly analysis from a sociological point of view of thereligious situation in contemporary Britain, including aspects ofsecularization and the "believing without belonging" pattern".Missiology: An International Review, Vol. XXIII, No.3, July1995
"A clear and penetrating analysis of many of the main contoursof religion in modern Britain." Reviews in Religion
From the Back Cover
This important book describes as accurately as possible thereligious situation of Great Britain at the end of the twentiethcentury, and evaluates this evidence within a sociologicalframework.
Two key themes emerge within the book. The first concerns thegrowing mismatch between indices of religious belief in thiscountry, which remain relatively high, and statistics which reflecteither religious membership (in its strict sense) or religiouspractices, both of which demonstrate a marked decline in thepost–war period. Hence the phrase `believing without belonging′which becomes, almost, a refrain within the book. The sacredpersists but not necessarily in traditional forms.
The second theme concerns the European framework within whichthe book is set. As Britain moves inexorably – if not always verysteadily – to a greater European identity, the considerable varietyof religious cultures within the United Kingdom take on a newsignificance.
Religion in Britain since 1945 will be welcomed by anyoneinterested in religion in contemporary society.