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A2 Beliefs: First humanist hospital chaplain

This example is excellent for the secularization debate. Many UK hospitals have chapels and chaplains and this is a sign of the continuing influence of Christianity especially at times of life crisis (Malinowski) and the older you are, the more likely it is that you are religious (Voas and Crockett).

However, this article interviews Jane Flint who is the first humanist*  chaplain which could signal a decline in the influence of Christianity. Whilst there is still a need for support and guidance, lots of people do not wish to get this Christian chaplains when they don’t believe.

This is also an example of the postmodernist (or late modern) argument that posits that there is much more diversity and choice today – we have become consumers.

Here is the article (sorry for the terrible scan):

Jane Flint – first humanist chaplain

* Humanism is an approach to life based on reason and our common humanity, recognising that moral values are properly founded on human nature and experience alone.

Robert Ashby



Sociology and Media Studies teacher at Hazelwick School, West Sussex. Former teacher at Felpham Community College and Doha College

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