Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening

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The Movement That Is Remaking the Faith

Diana Butler Bass offers a fresh interpretation of the "spiritual but not religious" trend and shares a hope-filled vision for a renewed faith that stays true to the real message of Jesus.

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Overview

The Movement That Is Remaking the Faith

Diana Butler Bass offers a fresh interpretation of the "spiritual but not religious" trend and shares a hope-filled vision for a renewed faith that stays true to the real message of Jesus.

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Christianity is changing in radical ways. In fact, according to adept faith watcher Diana Butler Bass (A People's History of Christianity; Christianity for the Rest of Us), the church as we have known is steadily becoming a thing of the past. Her provocative examination of this evolving situation will be read with interest by readers of books like Brian McLaren's A New Kind of Christianity and Harvey Cox's The Future of Faith.

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Rob Bell
“Bass has done it again! She’s spot on-prophetic, compelling, and most importantly, hopeful.”
Harvey Cox
“Refreshing, evocative, well informed and original.”
Bill McKibben
“Bass explains how experience, connection, and service are replacing theology as keys to the next Great Awakening. It’s a fascinating story.”
Marcus Borg
“Interesting, insightful, impressive and important.”
Parker J. Palmer
“…an important and life-giving book, written by … one of our finest religious writers.”
Richard Rohr
“Join Bass in rebuilding religion from the bottom up!”
Phyllis Tickle
“It is one blockbuster of an analysis that is also a delight to read.”
Shane Claiborne
“Diana reminds us here that, before every great awakening, folks say it is impossible... and after every great awakening, folks say it was inevitable.”
Brian D. McLaren
“Of Bass’s many excellent books, this is the most substantive, provocative, and inspiring yet. . . . it leads to a powerful finale of sage guidance for the future.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062003744
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 85,869
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana Butler Bass is a regular commentator on religion, politics, and culture for media outlets nationwide. The author of A People's History of Christianity and Christianity for the Rest of Us, Bass holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

The Beginning 1

Part I The End of Religion

1 The End of the Beginning 11

2 Questioning the Old Gods 39

3 When Religion Fails 65

Part II A New Vision

4 Believing 103

5 Behaving 137

6 Belonging 169

7 The Great Reversal 199

Part III Awakening

8 Great Awakening 217

9 Performing Awakening 253

Acknowledgments 271

Notes 275

Index 288

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    A must read for everyone who goes to church.

    Diane Butler Bass is a ray of light in the chaos surrounding us. She makes sense of the statistics, tracks the history, and plots the trends affecting church membership in this decade of shifting habits. She then goes the extra step of providing a plan that congregations can adopt. According to Bass we are in the middle of the 4th Great Awakening 2.0. 2.o because we were interrupted by the Reagan/Bush years. It is an awakening towards a deep personal experience with God. The non-affiliated (Nones) spiritual part of the population are interested in doing God's work not passing a test of believing correctly in God.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    A smart assessment of the possible roles of the Christian church

    A smart assessment of the possible roles of the Christian churches in this age.

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    Highly recommended. Buy this book

    Bass has written a highly researched, accurately diagnosed, hopeful prognosis for the current state of Christianity/religion in our time. First chapters are depressing, but she writes that this is not the beginning of the end, but the end of the beginning. Well written

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Recommended for a book study

    This book has some interesting ideas about organized religion. You have to keep an open mind when reading this. Sometimes you may get bogged down with a lot of overwhelming details as you read. It's not the most exciting read I've had. I do think the tone of the book is positive and promotes some interesting discussions within the organized religious community.

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