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Predicting Religion


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Contents: Introduction, Linda Woodhead, Paul Heelas and Grace Davie; Secularization theory re-examined: Beyond European and American exceptionalisms: towards a global perspective, Jose Casanova; On secularization and its prediction: a self-examination, David Martin; The evolutionary principle in the study of religion and society, Olivier Tschannen; Predicting Christianity: The demise of Christianity in Britain, Steve Bruce; Prediction and prophecy in the future of religion, Bryan Wilson; Social networks and religious identity: an historical example from Wales, Paul Chambers; Social networks and personal beliefs: an example from modern Britain, Rob Hirst; A place at high table? Assessing the future of charismatic Christianity, Martin Percy; The decline of the Church in England as a local membership organization: predicting the nature of civil society in 2050, Helen Cameron; After secularism: British government and the inner cities, Jenny Taylor; Predicting alternatives: The self as the basis for religious faith: spirituality of gay, lesbian and bisexual Christians, Andrew K.T. Yip; The Quakers: towards an alternate ordering, Gay Pilgrim; Understanding the spirituality of people who do not go to church, Kate Hunt; 'Witchcraft will not soon vanish from this earth': Wicca in the 21st century, Jo Pearson; Alexis de Tocqueville, Pantheism, and the religion of democracy, S.J.D. Green; Religion on - religion in cyberspace, Anastasia Karaflogka; The paranormal in Swedish religiosity, Ulf SjAdin; Are the stars coming out? Secularization and the future of astrology in the west, Wayne Spencer; An ageing New Age?, Paul Heelas and Benjamin Seel; Index.

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Grace Davie, University of Exeter, UK, Paul Heelas, Lancaster University, UK and Linda Woodhead, Lancaster University, UK Contributors: Linda Woodhead, Paul Heelas, Grace Davie, Jose Casanova, David Martin, Olivier Tschannen, Steve Bruce, Bryan Wilson, Paul Chambers, Rob Hirst, Martin Percy, Helen Cameron, Jenny Taylor, Andrew K.T. Yip, Gay Pilgrim, Kate Hunt, Jo Pearson, S.J.D. Green, Anastasia Karaflogka, Ulf Sjodin, Wayne Spencer, Benjamin Seel.


'...this really is an interesting and exciting collection...There is much to explore and enjoy....I strongly recommend this book.' Theology '... a surprisingly insightful and accessible collection of essays with wide appeal and broad content... a welcome contribution given its intentional and refreshing boldness.' Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory '... lively and thought-provoking... diversity is the book's strength...' Reviews in Religion and Theology '... the articles are invariably provocative and offer an intriguing commentary on the potential future of various religious movements during the coming decades.' Contact 'Theoretically informed as well as creative, its 19 chapters bravely predict religion's coming shape and texture - 30 to 50 years hence.' Sociology of Religion 'This is an exciting and informative book presenting sociological analyses of the future of religious behaviours in Britain... The essays in this anthology are written by experts and based on primary research with well-defined research populations. The content is interesting and captivating, and the themes have been chosen with vision. The work makes a worthy contribution to the body of knowledge on the social dimensions of Christianity.' Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

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