- Crockett estimated that in the 1851 that 40 % of the population attended church, this declined in 2005 to 6.3%.
- 19th cenury was the golden age of religion- although many socioogists say that priests have always thought that their congregation was small and that their time was the dip in attendance records.
- MAJOR CHANGES IN RELIGION-
- a decline in the % of the population going to church
- an increase in teh average age of churchgoers- although their group is very small due to death, illness, injury etc.
- fewer church services e.g. weddings and baptisms
- a decline in the number holding a traditional christian belief
- more religious diversity
- Wilson argued that western societies have been going through a long process of secularisation. He defines this as religious practices, beliefs and institutions losing their social significance.
- CHURCH ATTENDANCE TODAY-
- The trends identified earlier have continued only 6.3% of the population attend church regularly in 2005. Churchgoing in britain has halved since.
- Church ceremonies such as weddings and baptisms remain more popular…
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