Religious change and persistence
in Northern Ireland after the troubles
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Individuals in Northern Ireland continually adapt their religious beliefs and practices to a changing social and political climate. At the same time, the social and political climate in Northern Ireland is partially constructed from religious resources. While the pattern of religious change in Northern Ireland is complex and varied, the region clearly continues to exhibit high levels of religiosity. But religious identity is not just about ticking a box designated 'Protestant' or 'Catholic' in the census. The conservative Protestant group flout the assumptions of the secularisation thesis and are a good example of religious persistence in modern societies. In fact in Northern Ireland religion is far from socially invisible. It is deeply entangled with social and political life in a variety of ways. Social divisions in Northern Ireland are not primarily about religion. Divisions are based on overlapping political, cultural and economic as well as religious factors.

Northern Ireland after the troubles

A society in transition

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