The "empty" Church Revisited

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Ashgate, 2003 - Religion - 256 pages
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When did churches start to appear more empty than full - and why? The very physicality of largely empty churches and chapels in Britain plays a powerful role in popular perceptions of 'religion'. Empty churches are frequently cited in the media as evidence of large scale religious decline.The 'Empty' Church Revisited presents a systematic account of British churchgoing patterns over the last two hundred years, uncovering the factors and the statistics behind the considerable process of decline in church attendence. Dispelling as myth the commonly held views that the process of secularization in British culture has led to the decline in churchgoing and resulted in the predominantly empty churches of today, Gill points to physical factors, economics and issues of social space to shed new light on the origins of empty churches.This thoroughly updated edition of Robin Gill's earlier work, The Myth of the Empty Church, presents new data to explore afresh the paradox of church building activity in a context of decline, patterns of urbanisation and sub-urbanisation affecting churches, changes in patterns of worship and changes within the sociology of religion in the last decade.

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Churchgoing Today
Lynda Barley
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About the author (2003)

Robin Gill is the Michael Ramsay Professor of Modern Theology at the University of Kent, UK.

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