Commentary: Publications and Papers
This part of the site is intended to host:
a history of British religious statistics
guides on using religious statistics
an overview of the British religious landscape.
For a brief overview of the current context of religious statistics, read more here.
C. D. Field
Abstract: This essay summarizes the development of religious statistics in Great Britain from the seventeenth century to the present day. In particular, it describes the contributions made to the quantification of religion by the state, faith communities and other agencies. A few reflections on future needs and prospects are also offered.
Click here for a copy in PDF format.
Reviews of UK Statistical Sources: Volume XX – Religion was originally published in 1987 as part of an extensive project funded by the ESRC and the Royal Statistical Society. The project aimed to catalogue the full range of statistical sources available in Britain. 29 separate volumes were eventually published.
The volume on religion volume catalogued sources on religion up to 1983. It was compiled by Lynda Barley, Clive Field, Barry Kosmin and Jørgen Nielsen, with a foreword from Peter Brierley.
This book is now very difficult to find outside libraries. In addition the religious landscape of Britain has changed greatly since then, as has the availability of data on religion. BRIN’s work is to revise and update the text on an ongoing basis.
However, to make the original more widely available, we have created a digital edition in pdf format – available on the link above, or via the image opposite – and added a foreword.
It is reproduced with the kind permission of the ESRC and the Royal Statistical Society. Copyright to the digital edition is co-owned by the ESRC, RSS and the University of Manchester.