Between Pulpit and Pew
Outside the formal teachings of the established
religious institutions of many 'advanced' societies, there continues to exist a rich body of 'unofficial' or 'folk' religious
beliefs and practices. This book provides an insight into the nature of folk religion in a small fishing village in North
Yorkshire. Using a combination of sociological and historical methods, David Clark first explores the impact of an official
religion - Methodism - on the village in the early nineteenth century, and its subsequent place in village life. He goes on
the describe the ways in which Methodism relates to a more diffuse set of folk beliefs and rituals, such as those surrounding
birth and death, the transitions of the annual cycle and the rigours of the fishing economy. The result is a fascinating portrait
of official and unofficial religion within one local community. It also makes an important contribution to scholarly debates
about the significance of folk religion within the wider religious culture, and will be of considerable interest to teachers
and students of the sociology and anthropology of religion, and of local history.
List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements;
1. Introduction: some preliminaries concerning folk religion; 2. The village; 3. Studying folk religion; 4. Institutional
religion; 5. Chapel life and chapel folk; 6. The annual cycle; 7. Birth and death; 8. Occupational beliefs; 9. Conclusions;
Notes; References; Index.
This book provides an insight into the nature of folk religion in a small fishing village
in North Yorkshire.