A Reply to Francis & Robbins
I am grateful for the chance to reply to this article, which raises important issues concerning the relationships between religious belief, belonging and practice. My reactions are two-fold: first, that I agree with its conclusions, and secondly, that these are entirely consonant with the aims that I set myself when I wrote Religion in Britain since 1945—complete with its now famous (or infamous) subtitle ‘believing without belonging’.
Davie, G. (1994) Religion in Britain since 1945: Believing without Belonging, Oxford: Basil Blackwell.
Davie, G. (2000) Religion in Modern Europe: A Memory Mutates, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Hornsby-Smith, M. (1992) ‘Believing without Belonging? The Case of Roman Catholics in England’, in B. Wilson (ed.), Religion: Contemporary Issues, London: Bellew Publishing, pp. 125-34.
Short, C. and Winter, M. (1993) ‘Believing and Belonging: Religion in Rural England’, British Journal of Sociology, 44: 635-51.