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Is Northern Ireland abnormal? An extension of the sociological debate on religion in modern Britain

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  • This Article Places Northern Ireland Within The Unfolding Sociological Debate On Religion In Modern
  • It Measures Secularization Along Casanova’S Three Dimensions (1994): Religious Differentiation
  • Decline And Privatization
  • It Finds That Northern Ireland Has
  • In Common With Britain
  • High Levels Of Religious Differentiation
  • Grey Areas Of Religious Belief And Little Convinced Secularism
  • However
  • Northern Ireland Differs In That It Has Higher Levels Of Religious Affiliation And Practice
  • And Religion Plays More Roles In Civil Society Than It Does In Other Parts Of Britain
  • The Article Explores The Role Of Conflict In Forming These Religious Trends
  • Asking If They Represent A Persistence Of The Sacred
  • Or Simply Mask Deeper Ethnic Divisions
  • It Concludes That The Social Dimensions Of Religion Are Just As Important As The Supernatural
  • And That They Often Inform Each Other
  • Finally
  • It Suggests That The Dynamics Of Religious Change Are Comparable Across Regions And
  • As Such
  • Northern Ireland Might Be A Useful Case Study For British Policy Makers
  • Particularly As It Becomes Increasingly Multicultural And Religiously Plural
  • Ecology
  • Medicine


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