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Religious beliefs, practices and attitudes (2814)

Type of Data: Religious beliefs, practices and attitudes (2814)

Faith Community: General

Date: 2008, June-November

Geography: Great Britain

Sample Size: 4486 (55% response)

Population: Adults aged 18 and over

Keywords: Abortion, afterlife, al Qaeda, anti-Catholicism, anti-Semitism, Bible, bioethics, birth control, books, Britishness, Buddhists, Catholic hierarchy, Catholics, censorship, charitable giving, Christians, church attendance, Churches and religious organizations, churchgoing, church schools, comfort in times of trouble, confidence, conflict, conscience, creationism, deceased ancestors, deeds, deeply religious people, discrimination, divorce, elected officials, embryos, euthanasia, evolution, extra-marital sex, faith, faith schools, family, films, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, friends, God, good and evil, government decisions, grace before meals, happiness, heaven, hell, holy places, holy scripture, homosexuality, human embryos, human life, importance of religion, influence of religion, inner peace, integration, intolerance, Islamophobia, Jews, legislation, life after death, marriage, medical research, mercy killing, mixed marriages, morality, mosques, Muslims, neighbours, Nirvana, non-religious people, one true religion, origins of human life, Osama bin Laden, personal identity, policy decisions, politics, Pope, power, prayer, prejudice, pre-marital sex, proselytism, Protestants, public meetings, purpose of life, reincarnation, religious activities, religious affiliation, religious beliefs, religious conversation, religious conversion, religious diversity, religious divisions, religious dress, religious education, religious extremists, religious faith, religious intermarriage, religious leaders, religious miracles, religious objects, religious rights, religious symbols, respect, right and wrong, Roman Catholics, salvation, science, self-assessed religiosity, self-assessed spirituality, sin, Sunday school, supernatural powers, trust, volunteering, voting

Collection Method: Face-to-face interview and self-completion questionnaire

Collection Agency: National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)

Sponsor: Consortium of public sector and third sector funders and clients, including Economic and Social Research Council, John Templeton Foundation and NORFACE

Published Source:

  • David Voas and Rodney Ling, 'Religion in Britain and the United States', British Social Attitudes: The 26th Report, eds Alison Park, John Curtice, Katarina Thomson, Miranda Phillips, Elizabeth Clery and Sarah Butt, London: Sage, 2010, pp. 65-86
  • Siobhan McAndrew, 'Religious Faith and Contemporary Attitudes', British Social Attitudes: The 26th Report, eds Alison Park, John Curtice, Katarina Thomson, Miranda Phillips, Elizabeth Clery and Sarah Butt, London: Sage, 2010, pp. 87-113
  • Tony Glendinning and Steve Bruce, 'Privatization or Deprivatization: British Attitudes about the Public Presence of Religion', Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Vol. 50, 2011, pp. 503-16
  • Ingrid Storm, 'Ethnic Nominalism and Civic Religiosity: Christianity and National Identity in Britain', Sociological Review, Vol. 59, 2011, pp. 828-46
  • Ben Clements, 'The Sources of Public Feelings towards Religious Groups in Britain: The Role of Social Factors, Religious Characteristics, and Political Attitudes', Journal of Contemporary Religion, Vol. 27, 2012, pp. 419-31
  • Nick Spencer and Holly Weldin, Post-Religious Britain? The Faith of the Faithless, London: Theos, 2012
  • Ingrid Storm and David Voas, 'The Intergenerational Transmission of Religious Service Attendance’, Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, Vol. 25, 2012, pp. 131-50
  • Ben Clements, 'Explaining Public Attitudes towards the Integration of Muslims in British Society: The "Solidarity of the Religious"?' Journal of Contemporary Religion, Vol. 28, 2013, pp. 49-65
  • Philip Hughes, 'Spirituality and Religious Tolerance', Implicit Religion, Vol. 16, 2013, pp. 65-91
  • Ariela Keysar and Juhem Navarro-Rivera, 'A World of Atheism: Global Demographics', The Oxford Handbook of Atheism, eds Stephen Bullivant and Michael Ruse, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 553-86
  • Ben Clements: 'Religion and the Sources of Public Opposition to Abortion in Britain: The Role of "Belonging", "Behaving", and "Believing"', Sociology, Vol. 48, 2014, pp. 369-86
  • http://www.brin.ac.uk/news/2014/is-being-christian-important-for-being-british/

    BRIN ID: 2814


    Questions on religious affiliation and churchgoing were put to the full sample of 4,486 adults, but most of the religion questions were posed to two separate half-samples, one in connection with the . International Social Survey Program (ISSP) Religion III module and the other for the replication of the American Faith Matters module. The ISSP religion questions comprised a full-scale multinational survey, undertaken in 34 other countries besides Great Britain. Datasets available at UKDA as SN 6390 (British Social Attitudes Survey), SN 6450 (ISSP Religion III module) and SN 6985 (longitudinal data file for ISSP Religion I-III modules, 1991-2008)

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