Predicting Religion: Christian, Secular and Alternative Futures

Predicting Religion: Christian, Secular and Alternative Futures

by Grace Davie, Linda Woodhead, Paul Heelas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754630099

ISBN-13: 9780754630098

Pub. Date: 11/01/2003

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

Religion in the contemporary west is undergoing rapid change. In Predicting Religion twenty experts in the study of religion present their predictions about the future of religion in the 21st century - predictions based on careful analysis of the contemporary religious scene from traditional forms of Christianity to new spiritualities. The range of predictions is…  See more details below

Overview

Religion in the contemporary west is undergoing rapid change. In Predicting Religion twenty experts in the study of religion present their predictions about the future of religion in the 21st century - predictions based on careful analysis of the contemporary religious scene from traditional forms of Christianity to new spiritualities. The range of predictions is broad. A number predict further secularization - with religion in the west seen as being in a state of terminal decline. Others question this approach and suggest that we are witnessing not decline but transformation understood in different ways: a shift from theism to pantheism, from outer to inner authority, from God to self-as-god, and above all from religion to spirituality.

This accessible book on the contemporary religious scene offers students and scholars of the sociology of religion and theology, as well as interested general readers, fresh insights into the future of religion and spirituality in the west.

Published in association with the British Sociological Association Study of Religion group, in the Ashgate Religion and Theology in Interdisciplinary Perspective series.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754630098
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Series:
BSA Sub Series of Religion and Theology in Interdisciplinary Perspectives Series
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Contributors
Introduction1
1Beyond European and American Exceptionalisms: towards a Global Perspective17
2On Secularization and its Prediction: a Self-examination30
3The Evolutionary Principle in the Study of Religion and Society40
4The Demise of Christianity in Britain53
5Prediction and Prophecy in the Future of Religion64
6Social Networks and Religious Identity: An Historical Example from Wales74
7Social Networks and Personal Beliefs: An Example from Modern Britain86
8A Place at High Table? Assessing the Future of Charismatic Christianity95
9The Decline of the Church in England as a Local Membership Organization: Predicting the Nature of Civil Society in 2050109
10After Secularism: British Government and the Inner Cities120
11The Self as the Basis of Religious Faith: Spirituality of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Christians135
12The Quakers: towards an Alternate Ordering147
13Understanding the Spirituality of People who Do Not Go to Church159
14'Witchcraft will not soon Vanish from this Earth': Wicca in the 21st Century170
15Alexis de Tocqueville, Pantheism and the Religion of Democracy183
16Religion on - Religion in Cyberspace191
17The Paranormal in Swedish Religiosity203
18Are the Stars Coming out? Secularization and the Future of Astrology in the West214
19An Ageing New Age?229
Index248

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