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Religion in the Age of Decline

S J D Green

Religion in the Age of Decline

S J D Green

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The seemingly inexorable decline of Christianity in Britain has long fascinated historians, sociologists and churchmen. They have also been exasperated by their failure to understand its origins or chart its progress. Sceptical both of traditional accounts and of their more recent rejection by revisionist writers, S. J. D. Green concentrates scholarly attention for the first time on the 'social history of the chapel' in a characteristic industrial-urban setting. He demonstrates just why so many churches were built in late Victorian Britain, who built them, who went to them, and why. He evaluates the 'associational ideal' during its period of greatest success, and explains the causes of its decline. In this way, Religion in the Age of Decline offers a fresh interpretation of the extent and the implications of the decline of religion in twentieth-century Britain.

- Publisher Part I. Providing the Means: 1. The environment and its constraints: economic revolution, social transformation and spatial evolution; 2. The many houses of God: churches, church-building and church extension in the industrial town; 3. The burden shared: the changing political economy of religious organisations; Part II. Drawing in the People: 4. The unfolding of the associational ideal: auxiliary organisations and ambitious societies; 5. Learning advanced: the Sunday School Movement, pedagogical innovation and the theory of juvenile religious development; 6. Salvation extended: conversion, revivals and the unending mission to the people; Part III. The Trials of the Religious Life: 7. Worship exalted and experience eclipsed: liturgical orderliness, dutiful observance and the making of a modern Christian witness; 8. Christianity within and beyond the churches: the pattern of devotion and the authenticity of expression; 9. The forward march of the Christian churches halted? Organisational stasis and the crisis of the associational ideal in early twentieth-century religious institutions; Conclusion; Bibliography.

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The seemingly inexorable decline of Christianity in Britain has long fascinated historians, sociologists and churchmen. They have also been exasperated by their failure to understand its origins or chart its progress. Sceptical both of traditional accounts and of their more recent rejection by revisionist writers, S. J. D. Green concentrates scholarly attention for the first time on the 'social history of the chapel' in a characteristic industrial-urban setting. He demonstrates just why so many churches were built in late Victorian Britain, who built them, who went to them, and why. He evaluates the 'associational ideal' during its period of greatest success, and explains the causes of its decline. In this way, Religion in the Age of Decline offers a fresh interpretation of the extent and the implications of the decline of religion in twentieth-century Britain.
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Part I. Providing the Means: 1. The environment and its constraints: economic revolution, social transformation and spatial evolution; 2. The many houses of God: churches, church-building and church extension in the industrial town; 3. The burden shared: the changing political economy of religious organisations; Part II. Drawing in the People: 4. The unfolding of the associational ideal: auxiliary organisations and ambitious societies; 5. Learning advanced: the Sunday School Movement, pedagogical innovation and the theory of juvenile religious development; 6. Salvation extended: conversion, revivals and the unending mission to the people; Part III. The Trials of the Religious Life: 7. Worship exalted and experience eclipsed: liturgical orderliness, dutiful observance and the making of a modern Christian witness; 8. Christianity within and beyond the churches: the pattern of devotion and the authenticity of expression; 9. The forward march of the Christian churches halted? Organisational stasis and the crisis of the associational ideal in early twentieth-century religious institutions; Conclusion; Bibliography.
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Table Of Contents

  • Part I. Providing The Means: 1. The Environment And Its Constraints: Economic Revolution, Social Transformation And Spatial Evolution; 2. The Many Houses Of God: Churches, Church-building And Church Extension In The Industrial Town; 3. The Burden Shared: The Changing Political Economy Of Religious Organisations; Part Ii. Drawing In The People: 4. The Unfolding Of The Associational Ideal: Auxiliary Organisations And Ambitious Societies; 5. Learning Advanced: The Sunday School Movement, Pedagogical Innovation And The Theory Of Juvenile Religious Development; 6. Salvation Extended: Conversion, Revivals And The Unending Mission To The People; Part Iii. The Trials Of The Religious Life: 7. Worship Exalted And Experience Eclipsed: Liturgical Orderliness, Dutiful Observance And The Making Of A Modern Christian Witness; 8. Christianity Within And Beyond The Churches: The Pattern Of Devotion And The Authenticity Of Expression; 9. The Forward March Of The Christian Churches Halted? Organisational Stasis And The Crisis Of The Associational Ideal In Early Twentieth-century Religious Institutions; Conclusion; Bibliography.

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  • Catalogue Code 183796
  • Product Code 0521521203
  • EAN 9780521521208
  • Pages 444
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Nov 2003
  • Dimensions 229 x 152 x 25 mm
  • Weight 0.650kg

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