Secularisation

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Question: Identify and briefly explain some of the arguments and evidence for the view that Britain is less religious now than it was in the past

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Identify and briefly explain some of the arguments and evidence for the view that
Britain is less religious now than it was in the past
Suitable arguments and/or pieces of evidence could relate to:
· fewer baptisms
· loss of political power and influence by traditional churches
· fewer church weddings.
Suitable brief explanations could be:
· Fewer people going to church services: various statistics, such as opinion poll evidence
and congregation census data, show that fewer people are attending traditional church
services today than in the past.
· Loss of status of ministers: it is argued that ministers of the church have lost status
within the community as churches have declined and functions have been taken over by the
state.
· Loss of status of traditional churches: the traditional churches have lost status as society
has become more rational, more scientific and less spiritual.

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