Material Religion in Modern Britain

Material Religion in Modern Britain

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A growing awareness of religious plurality and religious conflict in contemporary society has led to a search for new ways to understand religious change beyond traditional subjects of British ecclesiology. Narratives of the gradual decline of Christianity dominate this field; yet many scholars now concede that Britain's religious landscape was more varied and rich than these narratives would suggest. Material Religion in Modern Britain responds to this challenge by bringing emerging scholarship on material culture to bear on studies of religion and spirituality. The collection is the first to apply this suite of analytical methods to the traditional subjects of British religious studies and the full spectrum of religious denominations, sects, and movements that constituted Britain's multi-faith landscape in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The book reveals how, across this religious spectrum, objects were, and continue to be, used in the performance and production of religious faith and subjectivity. In doing so it expands our understanding of the persistence of religious belief and culture in a secularising, secularized, and post-secular society.identity.48 However, within secular celebrations of Christmas, they can also represent the intersection of classbased belonging with British identity. ... home. 49 Maqsood argues that a€œmost of the traditional Christmas thingsa€” the tree, the evergreens, the Yule log, cake, pudding, ... couplea#39;s decision to use a few festive decorations: Candace: Did you put up decorations during Christmastime in this house?

Title:Material Religion in Modern Britain
Author: Timothy Willem Jones, Lucinda Matthews-Jones
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2015-08-06

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