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Histories of the Sacred and Secular, 1700–2000

Local Churches in New Urban Britain, 1890-1975

“The Greatest Challenge”?

Authors: Masom, Grant

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  • Contributes to the ongoing academic debates on secularisation—or the marginalisation of mainstream religious beliefs and practices—in twentieth-century British society
  • Addresses three areas in which the current literature is weak 
  • Employs a distinctly different, highly data-driven approach
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“This monograph is an important contribution to our understanding of the varied fortunes of British Christianity during the twentieth century.”

-          Rev Dr Andrew Atherstone, Tutor in Church History and Latimer Research Fellow, Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford, UK

“This book is an important and original work. Anyone interested in twentieth-century Christianity in Britain will learn much from it. Grant Masom enables the reader to make sense of the new urban spaces that became a key part of British life in the last hundred years.”

-          Rev Dr David Goodhew, Visiting Fellow of St Johns College, Durham University, UK

“This ground-breaking study adds new depth to our understanding of the importance of religion in English life and the role of the churches in shaping their own destiny in the first three-quarters of the twentieth century.”

-          Dr Mark Smith, Associate Professor in History, University of Oxford, UK

This book contributes to the ongoing academic debates on secularisation—or the marginalisation of mainstream religious beliefs and practices—in twentieth-century British society. It addresses three areas in which the current literature is weak: the ‘agency’ of organised religion in the outcomes described as secularisation, rather than explanations based on external challenges (such as the ‘modernisation’ of society and thought, increased affluence, and more leisure choices); a focus on urban areas transformed by twentieth-century industrialisation and suburbanisation; and an extended time period to the end of the third quarter of the twentieth century, allowing proper consideration of long-term trends alongside short-term upheavals such as the World Wars, the Great Depression, and the social changes of the 1960s. Further, the book employs a distinctly different, highly data-driven approach, considers all religious movements, and sets its conclusions within the wider social and cultural context of a representative community.

About the authors

Grant Masom lives in South Buckinghamshire, where he combines a board-level career with local church leadership and trusteeship of several charities, including chairing a large theological college. After graduating from Cambridge University, he was awarded an MA by the Open University, and a doctorate by the University of Oxford. He is affiliated with the University of Oxford's Department of Continuing Education.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook 58,84 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Local Churches in New Urban Britain, 1890-1975
Book Subtitle
“The Greatest Challenge”?
Authors
Series Title
Histories of the Sacred and Secular, 1700–2000
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-48095-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-48095-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-48094-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 288
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 22 illustrations in colour
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