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.
Very good book that forces one to think about the future of Christianity and how we all need to participate. Read morePublished 12 days 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
Very carefully documented. The last chapter was especially helpful .Published 2 months ago by Anne Morgan
Very good historical look at how faith is changing with the times.Published 2 months ago by B. J. Yeargin
Great book, with great perception of the present and hope for the future.Published 2 months ago by frustrated mouse seeker
Diana Butler Bass has written an amazing book. It is one thing to write history,another to describe contemporary trends, still another to do sociological analysis, still another... Read morePublished 3 months ago by James J. Prendergast
i love Diana. She is great and she tackles issses that are precious to the survival of values and moralsPublished 3 months ago by george P dominick
This book is the best articulation I've read of my own faith journey, the frustration I feel with the leadership of the Catholic religion I've been part of for 71 years and the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by P. McCormick
A well reasoned and thoughtful approach to post-modern questions of meaning and purpose in an increasingly skeptical world. Highly recommend.Published 3 months ago by William James Hardy