The Church of England in the First Decade of the 21st Century

Findings from the Church Times Surveys

Reddit icon
e-mail icon
Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google icon
LinkedIn icon
Andrew Village
  • London, England: 
    Palgrave Macmillan
    , December
     263 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Siobhan McAndrew forthcoming.


This book analyzes two large surveys of clergy and lay people in the Church of England taken in 2001 and 2013. The period between the two surveys was one of turbulence and change, and the surveys offer a unique insight into how such change affected grassroots opinion on topics such as marriage, women’s ordination, sexual orientation, and the leadership of the Church. Andrew Village analyzes each topic to show how opinion varied by sex, age, education, location, ordination, and church tradition. Shifts that occurred in the period between the two surveys are then examined, and the results paint a detailed picture of how beliefs and attitudes vary across the Church and have evolved over time. This work uncovers some unforeseen but important trends that will shape the trajectory of the Church in the years ahead.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Andrew Village is Professor of Practical and Empirical Theology at York St John University.


Reading Religion welcomes comments from AAR members, and you may leave a comment below by logging in with your AAR Member ID and password. Please read our policy on commenting.