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Liverpool SectarianismThe Rise and Demise$
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Keith Daniel Roberts

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940100

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940100.001.0001

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

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

(p.166) 6 Ecumenism: ‘The Great Mersey Miracle’ and a Decline in Religious Observance
Liverpool Sectarianism

Keith Daniel Roberts

Liverpool University Press

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

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