The Spiritual Revolution and the Spiritual Quest of Cathedral Visitors

  • Leslie J. Francis
  • Jennie Annis
  • Mandy Robbins


This chapter draws on the notion of the spiritual revolution developed by Paul Heelas and Linda Woodhead in order to illustrate the wider spiritual quest of cathedral visitors. A detailed questionnaire was completed by 2,695 visitors to St Davids Cathedral (situated in South West Wales), profiling their engagement with a range of practices (nominated by Heelas and Woodhead as characterizing the spiritual revolution) and their engagement with conventional Christian practices (church attendance and prayer). The data demonstrate that, although the religious identity of visitors at St Davids Cathedral is not strongly shaped by the conventional religious heritage and identity of England and Wales, evidence for the growth of the spiritual revolution is also still relatively thin among these visitors. The implications of these findings are discussed for the development of cathedral ministry among tourists and visitors.


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  • Leslie J. Francis
  • Jennie Annis
  • Mandy Robbins

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