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Believing vaguely: Religious socialization and Christian beliefs in Britain

Hunt, Stephen

Authors

Stephen Hunt Stephen3.Hunt@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in the Sociology of Religion



Abstract

Sociological research focusing on religion has customarily placed processes of socialization at the core of understanding not only individual religious identification, but also the broad aggregate transmission and survival of a generalised religious culture. In recent years scholars have begun to speak of the “crisis” manifest in religious socialization from one generation to the next, at least in the Western setting. This paper will largely centre upon a single “dimension” of the erosion of religious socialization namely Christian “beliefs” (broadly defined) in one national context, Britain. It will then consider the weakening impact of conventional agencies of such socialization, most obviously the Christian churches, and call upon empirical generational and long-term evidence, alongside engaging current theorising around the subject of “believing” in a post-Christian environment, if indeed the designation is an accurate one.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2015
Journal Italian Journal of Sociology of Education
Print ISSN 2035-4983
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 3
Pages 10-46
Institution Citation Hunt, S. (2015). Believing vaguely: Religious socialization and Christian beliefs in Britain. Italian Journal of Sociology of Education, 7(3), 10-46
Keywords Christianity, post-Christian society, socialisation
Publisher URL http://ijse.padovauniversitypress.it/system/files/papers/2015_3_2.pdf