Post-Secularity and Religion in Britain: An Empirical Assessment

Steve Bruce*

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In the almost half-century since Bryan Wilson published Religion in Secular Society, the secularisation paradigm has gone from take-for-granted orthodoxy to passé intellectual dead-end. It is now common to talk of post-secular Europe and de-secularisation. This article presents a very large body of data to demonstrate that despite the change in intellectual fashion, secularisation continues apace in Britain. Religion has become more contentious;it has not become more popular.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-384
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Contemporary Religion
Issue number3
Early online date2 Oct 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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