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State of religion and the Church of England in rural areas (1908)

Type of Data: State of religion and the Church of England in rural areas (1908)

Faith Community: Christianity (Church of England)

Date: 1988, November-1989, January (clergy) and 1989, September (parishioners)

Geography: Local diocese survey. Church of England Dioceses of Durham, Gloucester, Lincoln, Southwell and Truro

Sample Size: 572 clergy (66% response) and 489 parishioners (67% response)

Population: Clergy of incumbent status and rural parishioners aged 16 and over drawn from the civil electoral register or Church of England electoral roll

Keywords: Afterlife, Alternative Service Book, baptism, benefices, Book of Common Prayer, Christmas, Church, church attendance, church electoral roll, churchgoing, churchmanship, Church of England, clergy, confirmation, divorce, Easter, ecumenism, environment, exorcism, forms of service, funerals, ghosts, God, harvest festival, Holy Communion, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, job satisfaction, lay leadership, lay ministry, life after death, luck days, midweek meetings, ministry, ordination of women, paranormal, politics, priests, religious affiliation, religious experience, religious festivals, remarriage in church, Remembrance Sunday, sermons, services, Sunday school, team ministry, training, vicars, visiting, women, workload, worship

Collection Method: Self-completion postal questionnaire (clergy) and face-to-face interview (parishioners)

Collection Agency: University of Nottingham Department of Theology and Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester

Sponsor: Archbishops' Commission on Rural Areas

Survey Instrument: Davies, Pack, Seymour, Short, Watkins and Winter, A Study of the Deployment and Work of the Rural Clergy, Vols 3-4

Published Source:

  • Douglas Davies, Caroline Pack, Susanne Seymour, Christopher Short, Charles Watkins and Michael Winter, A Study of the Deployment and Work of the Rural Clergy in Five English Dioceses, 4 vols, Cirencester: Centre for Rural Studies, Royal Agricultural College, 1990
  • Douglas Davies, Cremation Today and Tomorrow, Bramcote: Grove Books, 1990
  • Douglas Davies, Charles Watkins, Michael Winter, Caroline Pack, Susanne Seymour and Christopher Short, Church and Religion in Rural England, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1991
  • Douglas Davies, 'Spirituality, Churchmanship and English Anglican Priests', Journal of Empirical Theology, Vol. 6, No. 1, 1993, pp. 5-18
  • Michael Winter and Christopher Short, 'Believing and Belonging: Religion in Rural England', British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 44, 1993, pp. 635-51
  • Susanne Seymour and Christopher Short, 'Gender, Church and People in Rural Areas', Area, Vol. 26, 1994, pp. 45-56
  • Douglas Davies, 'Priests, Parish and People: Reconceiving a Relationship', Congregational Studies in the UK: Christianity in a Post-Christian Context, eds Mathew Guest, Karin Tusting and Linda Woodhead, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004, pp. 153-67

    BRIN ID: 1908


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