Religion and Age Differences
Davie: Argues that older people have always been more religious than the young.
Critique of Davie: Have to be careful by what you mean by ‘young’ people as younger children actually have a higher level of church attendance.
Voas and Crockett: Have the idea of ‘The Ageing Effect’ which suggests that older people are more religious because of the ‘life cycle’. That is as we approach death we naturally become more concerned with spiritual matters and the afterlife; and ‘The Generational Effect’ which suggests that older people are more religious because of their upbringing. Gill notes that children are no longer receiving religious socialisation. Voas and Crockett argue that the generational effect is more significant and say that each generation is half as religious as their parents.
Bruce: Argues that soon the over 65’s will be the majority of churchgoers.