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Religion in Ireland: recent trends and possible futures

Speaker: Dr Stephen Bullivant, Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society

We hear a lot of talk about the present state of religion in Ireland. Is the free-fall in religious practice as great as it seems? It is part of a wider trend towards greater and greater individualism? How many of us these days actually identity as Christians, as Catholics, as members of another religion or as ‘nones’? If we self-identify as Christian can we predict from this what we actually believe, what our values are? How secular are we going to become? What is the future of religion in Ireland?

Dr Stephen Bullivant will attempt to answer these questions at our next talk. He will draw on the latest Irish Census data and from the European Social Survey to paint a picture of where Ireland ‘is at’ religiously-speaking, and where it appears to be headed.

Dr Bullivant is Professor of Theology and the Sociology of Religion Director at the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London. He is the author of ‘O My Jesus: The Meaning of the Fátima Prayer’, co-authored with Luke Arredondo (Paulist Press, 2017), ‘The Oxford Dictionary of Atheism’, co-authored with Lois Lee (Oxford University Press, 2016) ‘Theology and Power’, co-edited with Daniel Pilario, Agnes Brazal, and Eric Genilo (Paulist Press, 2016) ‘The Trinity: How Not to be a Heretic’ (Paulist Press, 2015).

As the talk is not at our usual venue, space will be more limited than usual so be sure to let us know if you are coming as soon as possible. If you would like to attend, please email info@ionainstitute.ie [1] or phone 01 661 9204.