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Title: The soul of St Davids : mapping the spiritual quest of visitors to St Davids Cathedral
Author: Brice-Annis, Jennie
ISNI:       0000 0004 2683 6826
Awarding Body: Prifysgol Bangor University
Current Institution: Bangor University
Date of Award: 2009
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It is well documented that church attendance figures in Great Britain fell consistently throughout the twentieth century and there is little sign of the trend abating at the beginning of the twenty-first century. There are scholars who argue that this decline in traditional religiosity has been accompanied by diverse expressions of alternative spiritualitites. This study explores and maps the contemporary quest for spirituality through an examination of the visitors to St Davids Cathedral in West Wales, the birthplace and home of the patron saint of Wales, St David. Within this context, four aspects of spirituality were investigated, characterised as: Spiritual Awareness, Spiritual Experience, participation in the Spiritual Revolution, and Spiritual Health. The study used both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection, employinga questionnaires urvey( which yieldeda round2 700r esponses)in, terviews, and case studies. The analysis of the questionnaire survey explored whether individual differences of sex, age, church attendance and psychological type preferencesa ffect individual spirituality. Analysiso f the datas uggeststh at visitors to St Davids Cathedral are very much spiritually aware and undergo various spiritual experiences. The evidence presented in this study also concurs with Heelas and Woodhead(2 005)t hat, while therei s an undoubtedin creasein the participationo f the holistic milieu, it is premature to suggest Britain is undergoing a spiritual revolution. It also showst hat the visitors to St Davids Cathedraal re in goods piritual health.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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