The Rise of ‘No Religion’ – lunchtime talk with Linda Woodhead
May 12, 2016
Linda Woodhead, Professor of Sociology of Religion in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University and Director of the Institute of Social Futures, will deliver a lunchtime talk at the Academy of Social Sciences, London, on Wednesday, July 20, on the rise of “no religion”.
The ’nones’ – those who report ‘no religion’ – are fast becoming the majority in Britain. Yet nones are not straightforwardly secular, and only a minority are atheists. Drawing on recent surveys, new Academy Fellow Professor Linda Woodhead FAcSS profiles the nones, and offers an explanation which shows not only how and why recent generations became less religious, but how organised religion became more extreme and less attractive. She ends with cross-national comparisons.
Linda Woodhead is Professor of Sociology of Religion in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University and Director of the Institute of Social Futures. She is an expert on religion, belief and values. Her most recent book is That Was The Church That Was: How the Church of England Lost the English People with Andrew Brown.
Fraser Watts is a former President of the British Psychological Society and of the International Society for Science and Religion. He was Reader in Theology and Science in the University of Cambridge and his work is on the interface of psychology and religion.
12:00 Registration and coffee
12:30 Lunchtime Talk, Professor Linda Woodhead MBE FAcSS
Respondent: Dr Fraser Watts
Chair: Professor Patricia Broadfoot CBE FAcSS
Followed by Q&A
13:30 Buffet lunch