Is belief in god a matter of public concern in contemporary Wales? An empirical enquiry concerning religious diversity among 13- to 15-year-old males

Francis, L.J., ap Sion, T. and Penny, G. (2014) Is belief in god a matter of public concern in contemporary Wales? An empirical enquiry concerning religious diversity among 13- to 15-year-old males. Contemporary Wales, 27 (1). pp. 40-57. ISSN 0951-4937

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Abstract

This study traces the changing face of religious diversity in Wales from the conceptualization of diversity in denominational attendance, in the exercise undertaken alongside the 1851 census, to the conceptualization of diversity in self-assigned religious affiliation included in the 2001 census. An alternative conceptualization of religious diversity is proposed in terms of belief rather than in terms of attendance or affiliation. Using quantitative data gathered between 2011 and 2012 this alternative conceptualization is tested among a survey of 1,124 male students (13 to 15 years of age) attending state-maintained schools in Wales. The data demonstrate significant differences between the worldviews of young theists and the worldviews of young atheists. The young theists espouse a more positive view of pluralism in contemporary Wales, including both cultural diversity and religious diversity. The conclusion is drawn that religious belief promotes, rather than detracts from, social cohesion. In this sense, religious belief may be construed as a matter of public concern in contemporary Wales.

Item Type: Article
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Divisions: School of Humanities
Depositing User: Tania Ap Sion
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2019 09:26
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2019 14:20
URI: http://bgro.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/433

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