• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Describe and briefly explain the variations in religious beliefs in the British Isles today.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Describe and briefly explain the variations in religious beliefs in the British Isles today. Percentages Type of belief Great Britain Irish republic Northern Ireland Believe in God 69 95 95 Believe God is personally concerned 37 77 80 Believe the Bible is the 'actual' or 'inspired word of God' 44 78 81 % Believing in: Life after death Heaven Hell The Devil Religious miracles 55 54 28 28 45 80 80 53 49 73 78 78 74 69 77 This table shows the variation of religion throughout the British Isles. It is presented as a percentage of the population. Looking at this table, shows that there is little presence of religion within Great Britain opposed to both Northern and the Republic of Ireland, as only 69 percent of the Great Britain population are believers of God. This is relatively small compared to the Irish 95 percent. The variation between the British Isles is sustained throughout the table, suggesting that Great Britain have the lowest rate of religion and both the Republic and Northern Ireland average to have the highest. There are many reasons why such variations take place within the British Isles, such as; gender differences, social class, ethnicity, and new religious movements. ...read more.

Middle

The way for black people to escape poverty was to recognise the biblical evidence of the emperor of Ethiopia who was the true messiah. In the 1980's a plea was made for Rastafarianism to be looked upon as a true religion, and therefore the dress code such as dread locks were then accepted as part of the religion. This demanded that the enslavement and poverty of the black man due to the British, was to be looked upon as positive and important to our society. New religious movements are groups, which place particular emphasis on mystical or other beliefs. These beliefs are not always susceptible to scientific testing. Many of these groups have become more prominent in recent times, since they have attracted more followers. Most of these groups form as a cult, and if they survive later become a sect. An example of a NRM would be the Moonies this was a mix of eastern religions, and was a group led by a Korean businessman who was known as the Messiah. The Moonie members tended to be from middle class backgrounds and in search of a sense of security. They believe they can serve the Moonie community as effectively as their parents served society. ...read more.

Conclusion

The information needed to gain accurate measurements on the decline or rise of religion in society is extremely difficult. This is because the church attendance and membership records are unreliable. This is due to many reasons such as how the attendance levels rise due to religious festivals such as Easter, Christmas etc. The levels of transformation from the religious institutions to more privatised worship within the home have also risen, therefore the information needed to gain some kind of measurement of religious practice within the home are almost unattainable. Finding out the information would have ethically low validity, as people may be offended when presented questions of their religion. Bellah and Glock both suggest that it is a mistake to assume that religion has declined simply by looking at declines in it's public and communal forms. Instead, Bellah claims that a process of individuation has occurred. He argues that individuals are free to search for their own religion and beliefs, therefore straying from the Trinitarian churches. Globalisation is also a key figure in the modern day measurements of religious beliefs. Globalisation concerns the growth and spread of religious groups throughout the geographical and cultural areas. Such growth of religions such as Christianity makes it hard to measure as it is constantly growing and is situated all around the world. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Sociology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Sociology essays

  1. A Study of Football Hooliganism: Are Football Hooligans "Real" Fans?

    to spend on, or to steal, exclusively sportswear or designer wear and that they know which of the available styles and brand names are 'in'. Former police chief Eddie Curtis, who was responsible for spotting English troublemakers at the 1998 World Cup and at Euro 2000 recently told BBC Two's Hooligans programme how we went about it.

  2. Defining religion.

    C14th if catholic women treated illness without practice they were treated as witches o This resulted in a male dominated health care o Up until 1950, when a woman got married she lost her job - now it's equal opportunity o Even now women aren't generally the main income or

  1. Pitted against Patriarchy

    Right, whether it be James Madden or the screen idol, Victor Mature, or linked with the machinations of that patriarchal institution, the Catholic Church. These hopes and desires, however, become unraveled as one by one they reject her. Even Father Quigley, the bully from the pulpit, has not enough interest

  2. The purpose of this essay is to describe four studies relating to gender each ...

    (Haralambos, 2000, page 137-8) Feminists from all approaches agree that women throughout history have been and continue to be discriminated against as a result of their biological sex, which is considered to pre-determine gender. Feminists maintain that gender is socially created and should not necessarily coincide with the biological sex of an individual.

  1. Homophobia: a Definition

    It ranges from mild forms (such as avoidance of homosexuals or the demand that they remain socially anonymous to acute forms (such as the morbid desire to have homosexuals disappear, active inflaming of others against homosexuals, and direct physical attacks against them).

  2. Describe and briefly explain the variations in religious beliefs in the British Isles today.

    people aged 15-44 years are much more likely to attend Christian worship than those who are younger or older); wealthier and more middle-class people are less likely to believe in God than those who are poorer, even though they are more likely to practise a religion.

  1. China - Ethnic boundaries.

    Today the state guarantees such security to those with no families to provide for them, and families and work units share long-term responsibility for the individual. The role of families has changed, but they remain important, especially in the countryside.

  2. Working More Creatively With Groups.

    I think this was used in this particular class because it can be linked to Carl Rogers and his person centred approach. Each member of the class was given a random passage from the Tao of Leadership. We were asked to find a space on our own for 10 minutes

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work