The data is clear: religious affiliation is plummeting across the breadth of Christian denominations. And yet interest in "spirituality" is on the rise. So what is behind the sea change in American religion? With the same comprehensive research and insider reporting that made Christianity for the Rest of Us an indispensable guide to cultivating thriving churches, Diana Butler Bass offers a fresh interpretation of the "spiritual but not religious" trend.
Bass—who has spent her career teaching the history, culture, and politics of religion, and engaging church communities across the nation—brings forth her deep knowledge of the latest national studies and polls, along with her own groundbreaking analysis, as she seeks to fully comprehend the decline in Christian attendance and affiliation that started decades ago—and has increased exponentially in recent years.
Some contend that we're undergoing yet another evangelical revival; others suggest that Christian belief and practice is eroding entirely as traditional forms of faith are replaced by new ethical, and areligious, choices. But Bass argues compellingly that we are, instead, at a critical stage in a completely new spiritual awakening, a vast interreligious progression toward individual and cultural transformation, and a wholly new kind of postreligious faith.
Offering direction and hope to individuals and churches, Christianity After Religion is Bass's call to approach faith with a newfound freedom that is both life-giving and service driven. And it is a hope-filled plea to see and participate in creating a fresh, vital, contemporary way of faith that stays true to the real message of Jesus.
I believe the subtitle might be more accurately described as the "decline" of church rather than the "end" of church. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Robert N. DuBois
A very thought-provoking book! My concern is that some will not complete the book before passing judgement. Read morePublished 1 month ago by hoppensmom
Very inspiring mainly because of the interest, dedicated research effort, and well-documented analysis. Conclusions are open to judgment which the author fully acknowledges. Read morePublished 1 month ago by john c. hoppe
Very, very interesting reading. She writes very well and knows her subject. Religion is in decline, she notes, but spirituality is in ascendancy. What is the evidence? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard Mcknight
Very good book that forces one to think about the future of Christianity and how we all need to participate. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Travis Halleman
I really enjoyed this book. It is written in a style that is familiar, friendly and accessible.
Diana Butler Bass explains how the current situation in Western Christianity is... Read more