Jade tributes reveal a renewed belief in angels
15 April 2011
Online tributes to the former reality TV star Jade Goody have revealed a resurgence in the belief in angels, according to research from the University of Bath.
A study by Professor Tony Walter, of the Centre for Death & Society, reveals that a belief in angels transcends any traditional theological belief in the soul.
Professor Walter studied online tributes to the mother-of-two who died two years ago following a highly-publicised battle against cervical cancer.
He said: “Until now, research has shown belief in an immortal soul as by far the most popular afterlife belief.
“This is challenged in my research into online tributes to Jade Goody; these tributes indicate that hope of the deceased being with the angels, or even becoming an angel, may have a lot more resonance for many Britons.”