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Is the world becoming more religious?

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Religion is hard to define and has many dimensions. Its language is often opaque. Gods have died and arisen, but crop up in all societies. There have been numerous theories about ‘what is going on’ both in the past and in the present. In particular, in the 60’s and 70’s there were forecasts of wholesale secularisation as people became more prosperous and urban. Except in Western Europe, there is now much evidence that the predictions were false. Discuss!

On leaving school, I went into the Royal Navy for five years. Then I was a student for seven years, ending by doing a PhD at Corpus (Cambridge!) studying theologians who were trying to agree with each other. Then I got ordained: I have taught in a theological college, then worked in a parish and in two other cathedrals. I am now Dean of Christ Church, Oxford which is a dual foundation of college and cathedral, so I am Dean of the cathedral and ‘Master’ of the college. My research interest is in the interaction between social context and religious belief.

This talk is part of the Ivory Tower Society, Pembroke College series.

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