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The Death of Christian Britain

Understanding Secularisation, 1800–2000, 2nd Edition

By Callum G. Brown


304 pages

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The Death of Christian Britain examines how the nation’s dominant religious culture has been destroyed. Callum Brown challenges the generally held view that secularization was a long and gradual process dating from the industrial revolution. Instead, he argues that it has been a catastrophic and abrupt cultural revolution starting in the 1960s. Using the latest techniques of gender analysis, and by listening to people's voices rather than purely counting heads, the book offers new formulations of religion and secularization.

In this expanded second edition, Brown responds to commentary on his ideas, reviews the latest research, and provides new evidence to back his claims.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. The Problem with 'Religious Decline' 3. The Salvation Economy 4. Angels: Women in Discourse and Narrative 1800–1950 5. Heathens: Men in Discourse and Narrative 1800–1950 6. Personal Testimony and Religion 1800–1950 7. 'Unimpeachable Witnesses': The Statistics of 'Christian Progress' 1800–1950 8. The 1960s and Secularisation 9. The End of a Long Story 10. Postscript: The Mortality of Christendom Reconsidered

About the Author

Callum Brown is Professor of Religious and Cultural History at the University of Dundee. His publications include Religion and Society in Twentieth-Century Britain (2006) and Postmodernism for Historians (2005).

About the Series

Christianity and Society in the Modern World

This series of social historical studies explores the relationship between Christianity and its social context in the period since 1500. Recent exciting new research in this field has greatly increased our understanding of how the changing face of Christianity as a historical religion during the period affected contemporary social attitudes, customs, and behaviour. The books in this series draw this research together, providing new perspectives and interpretations on a fascinating area of social history and bringing it before a wider audience.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Social History
RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State