Implicit Religion, Vol 9, No 3 (2006)

The Unconventional Beliefs of Conventional Churchgoers: The Matter of Luck

Leslie J. Francis, Emyr Williams, Mandy Robbins
Issued Date: 25 Sep 2007

Abstract


A sample of 65 men and 93 women attending eight Anglican churches in Wales completed a questionnaire concerned with beliefs, attitudes and practices. Alongside conventional Christian belief, unconventional belief was assessed by eight items relating to good luck and eight items relating to bad luck. Alongside conventional Christian behaviour, unconventional behaviour was assessed by eight items relating to protection from bad luck or promotion of good luck. The data demonstrate how many churchgoers combine their conventional Christian beliefs about God with unconventional beliefs about good and bad luck. It is perhaps this special blend of conventional Christian beliefs and practices with unconventional beliefs and practices that helps to define the implicit religion of Anglicans in Britain today.

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DOI: 10.1558/imre.v9i3.305

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