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Interview with authors Claire Mitchell and Gladys Ganiel
31 July 2011

Evangelical Journeys
Choice and Change in a Northern Irish Religious Subculture

Claire Mitchell (author)
Gladys Ganiel (author)
Paperback / softback,
Publication date:
5th July 2011

Author Biography

Claire Mitchell is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Queen's University Belfast, and is the author of Religion, Identity and Politics in Northern Ireland: Boundaries of Belonging and Belief. Gladys Ganiel is Lecturer in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation at Trinity College Dublin at Belfast, and is the author of Evangelicalism and Conflict in Northern Ireland.


Why do some people become more religiously conservative over time, whilst others moderate their views or abandon faith altogether? Drawing on 95 interviews with evangelicals and ex-evangelicals in Northern Ireland, this book explores how religious journeys are shaped by social structures and by individual choices. It tells the stories of pro-life picketers, liberal peace-campaigning ministers, housewives afraid of the devil, students deconstructing their faith and atheists mortified by their religious past. Through hearing everyday stories about love, family, work and health, as well as politics, this book explores the many different worlds of ordinary evangelicals in Northern Ireland and the surprising ways in which their beliefs and practices can change over time. "Evangelical Journeys" is a well written book in a jargon-free style that will make it of interest to general as well as specialist readers.