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Religion - History of England
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Religion

England is now a multi religious, multi cultural and multi ethnic country. In the last 50 years, England moved from a country dominated by the quasi Protestant Christian faith, with a small but active Catholic Christian minority plus an even smaller Jewish population, to a more secular country accommodating, if somewhat reluctantly and apprehensively , people from all the worlds major religions. Also in the last fifty years, leaders in the Church of England who had previously preached strict moral codes (rules of behaviour in day to day life) started to endorse (or at least not restrain) a freer lifestyle made possible by scientific inventions (the main invention fuelling this cultural revolution was of course the female contraceptive pill).

The always more conservative Roman Catholic church and the newer Asian immigrants practising the Islamic faith take a much more reserved view on newer freedoms and equalities now available to women following the advances in medical science. These more conservative faiths would point to the breakdown of the family unit, the increases in divorce and the increase in sexually transmitted disease as examples. Indeed Muslim women who before 1970 were pressing for more liberal rules for women within Islam were both repulsed and frightened by how they observed their "Christian" female contemporaries embrace this new freedom. This killed off the liberal thoughts of this movement which resulted in the return to the stricter codes of the past as is manifested by their veils and other distinguishing and sometimes even harsher dress rules.

Over the years religious differences could have either generated interest and cultural exchange, or envy, jealousy, hatred and religious wars. Unfortunately more often than not the latter, why? What are the differences which can be so destructive? Is there a common thread which should be working as a harmonising factor? The facts behind this debate will be discussed on this site.

  • Religion - Introduction

    Today this site will cover the main religions which we have in England and the rest of Britain today, which include Christianity particularly the "Chu...

  • Christianity
    Origins

    Christianity, now 2000 years old was originally intended to be a modification to Judaism (The religion of the Jews going back more than 2500 ...

  • Islam and Muslims
    Foreword

    Today in England there are some 2 million Muslims out of a population of almost 60 million. That is there are more Muslims than Christian Me...

  • Jews and Judaism
    Introduction

    The story of the Jews is compulsory reading for everybody who is interested a full picture of England today, the history of the human ra...

  • Hinduism

    Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism, together with a brief History of India

    Introduction

    Of all the religions in England, it is the Hindus who are the la...

  • Orthadox Christianity

    In England we have the three main Christian faiths.

    Protestant (Mainly Anglican in England) Roman Catholic Greek or Eastern Orthodox (Mainly im...
  • The Inquisition

    Enemies of the Roman Catholic Church and the Enforcing Arm of the Catholic Church

    Introduction

    The word Inquisition is normally associated with some...


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