This book offers a fully up-to-date and comprehensive guide to religion in Britain since 1945. A team of leading scholars provide a fresh analysis and overview, with a particular focus on diversity and change. They examine:
relations between religious and secular beliefs and institutions
the evolving role and status of the churches
the growth and 'settlement' of non-Christian religious communities
the spread and diversification of alternative spiritualities
religion in welfare, education, media, politics and law
theoretical perspectives on religious change.
The volume presents the latest research, including results from the largest-ever research initiative on religion in Britain, the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme. Survey chapters are combined with detailed case studies to give both breadth and depth of coverage. The text is accompanied by relevant photographs and a companion website.
'Woodhead and Catto have assembled a powerful and refreshingly diverse team of specialists on contemporary religion and secularism. The result is a volume that is attractively presented and accessible, as well as authoritative. It will be essential reading for anyone who wants to know how and why religion in the UK has changed since 1945, and what its place in our society is today.' - Hugh McLeod, Emeritus Professor of Church History, University of Birmingham, UK 'This is an important book in terms of its provenance, content, and reflections ... The book offers a coherent, rounded, and well-written account of the religious situation in Britain, one decade into the 21st century.' - Grace Davie, Professor Emeritus in the Sociology of Religion, University of Exeter, UK 'In this remarkable book edited by Woodhead and Catto, the new landscape of religion, belief and change is narrated in careful and challenging detail.' - Martyn Percy, Journal of Anglican Studies 'Based on extensive and wide-ranging research, the various chapters and case studies together present the most complete picture to date of the broad and changing British religious landscape of the postwar decades; from new Christian forms and the settling of Islam, Hinduism, and other religions in British society to new public ritualizations and the spiritualities in youth cultures and popular music. This is a must-read for anyone even remotely interested in the topic.' - Peter Beyer, University of Ottawa, Canada 'All in all, Religion and Change in Modern Britain presents a truly collaborative work which is consistent in its main argument and benefits greatly from the expertise of scholars from different disciplines. It is essential reading for those who are interested in religious studies and societal change. Largely targeted at students and scholars, the book is written in a light and comprehensive style, which is a remarkable achievement for a collaborative piece.' - Ekaterina Kolpinskaya, University of Nottingham, UK in Political Studies Review "...the wealth of information makes [this book] a very valuable resource book for anybody interested in religious change in Britain. The book should also be praised for devoting considerable attention to changes in mainstream Christianity, a topic which is sometimes marginalised in contemporary studies of religion." -Pal Repstad, University of Agder, Norway in Journal of Contemporary Religion