Secularisation In Britain
· 1851 Census of Religious Worship – Crockett estimates that 40% of the adult population attended church on Sundays.
· Major changes there have been in religion in the UK:
Ø Decline in the proportion of the population attending church.
Ø Increase in the average age of churchgoers.
Ø Fewer baptisms and church weddings.
Ø Decline in the number of people holding traditional Christian beliefs.
Ø Greater religious diversity – more non-Christian religions.
· 1966: Wilson – Western societies had been undergoing a long-term process of secularisation.
Ø E.g. Church attendance has fallen to 10-15% of the population by the 1960’s.
Church attendance today:
· 2005 – 6.3% of the adult population attended church on Sundays.