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Ecumenism: ‘The Great Mersey Miracle’ and a Decline in Religious Observance

Keith Daniel Roberts

in Liverpool Sectarianism

Published by Liverpool University Press

Published in print December 2017 | ISBN: 9781786940100
Published online January 2018 | e-ISBN: 9781786944276 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5949/liverpool/9781786940100.003.0007
Ecumenism: ‘The Great Mersey Miracle’ and a Decline in Religious Observance

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Chapter six discusses a growing tide of ecumenism in the city: the ‘better together’ philosophy of Bishop Sheppard and Archbishop Worlock. The opinions of clergymen, politicians, and others are utilised to gauge to what extent the efforts of the clergymen played a part in reducing sectarian tensions on Merseyside. The chapter also analyses the apparently diminishing role of Christianity in the lives of the Merseyside populace. It demonstrates how religion has declined and suggests that, amongst many other factors, in some ways it was the strong opinions and stipulations of religious organisations themselves that led to resentment and the weakening of the Churches’ stronghold over their congregations.

Keywords: Religion; Bishop David Sheppard; Archbishop Derek Worlock; Ecumenism; Secularism; Sectarianism; Faith; Hope; Merseyside

Chapter.  7567 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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