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Religion in Secular SocietyFifty Years On$
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Bryan R. Wilson and Steve Bruce

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198788379

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198788379.001.0001

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Statistical Evidence of Secularization in England

Statistical Evidence of Secularization in England

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(p.15) 1 Statistical Evidence of Secularization in England
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Religion in Secular Society
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Bryan R. Wilson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198788379.003.0002

In this chapter Wilson presents statistical evidence of decline in such indices of popular religious interest as church membership, church attendance, and the religious sacralizing of such vital events as childbirth, marriage, and death. Although his definition of secularization rests on the social influence of religion, this focus suggests that institutional power and individual religious interest are intimately linked.

Keywords:   statistical evidence of secularization, church membership, church attendance, religious rites of passage

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