Based mainly on research in the UK and USA, but looking at other parts of the world (like China) as well, this talk will consider the growing number of those who, when asked on a survey what their religion is, say: ‘None’ or ‘No Religion’. It will profile the ‘nones’, offer an explanation for their growing number, and discuss some wider implications of this cultural change.
Linda Woodhead MBE FAcSS is Professor of Sociology of Religion in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University (UK) and Director of the Institute of Social Futures. Her books include That was the Church That Was (with Andrew Brown 2016), A Sociology of Prayer (ed with Giuseppe Giordan 2015), Christianity: A Very Short Introduction (2nd ed 2014), Everyday Lived Islam in Europe (ed with Nathal Dessing and Nadia Jeldtoft, 2013), Religion and Change in Modern Britain (with Rebecca Catto, 2012), A Sociology of Religious Emotions (with Ole Riis, 2010), and The Spiritual Revolution (with Paul Heelas, 2005). She is the co-founder and organiser of the Westminster Faith Debates and a regular commentator on religion and culture on radio and television. She is currently studying the rise of ‘no religion’ and the beliefs and practices of the ‘nones’.
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