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Christianity, Plurality and Vernacular Religion in early Twentieth Century Glastonbury: A Sign of Things to Come?

Bowman, Marion (2015). Christianity, Plurality and Vernacular Religion in early Twentieth Century Glastonbury: A Sign of Things to Come? In: Methuen, Charlotte; Spicer, Andrew and Wolffe, John eds. Christianity and Religious Plurality. Studies in Church History (51). Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, pp. 302–321.

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Abstract

This essay focuses upon a significant place, Glastonbury, at an important time during the early twentieth century, in order to shed light on a particular aspect of Christianity which is frequently overlook: its internal plurality. This is not simply denominational diversity, but the considerable heterogeneity which exists at both institutional and individual level within denominations, and which often escapes articulation, awareness or comment. This is significant because failure to apprehend a more detailed, granular picture of religion can lead to an incomplete view of events in the past and, by extension, a partial understanding of later phenomena. This essay argues that by using the concept of vernacular religion a more nuanced picture of religion as it is - or has been - lived can be achieved.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2015 Ecclesiastical History Society
ISBN: 0-9546810-3-7, 978-0-9546810-3-6
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology > Religious Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 47424
Depositing User: Marion Bowman
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2016 14:25
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:44
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/47424
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