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Seminar Series - 'Religious decline in the West: Unravelling age, period and cohort effects'

Presented by Prof David Voas, UCL

Old people tend to be more religious than young people, and Western societies today are less religious than they were in the past. Scholars disagree, though, about what’s changing and why.

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Do people tend to become more religious with age?  Or are recent generations permanently different from previous ones?  And have particular events or social changes affected the religious commitment of people of all ages?  It’s remarkably difficult to separate age, period and cohort effects, but religion provides a good case study in how it can be attempted. 

In this seminar Prof. David Voas will examine some recent debates over religious change in contemporary society.


Forum Seminar Room 04