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

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

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by Diana Butler Bass
     
 

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Diana Butler Bass, one of contemporary Christianity’s leading trend-spotters, exposes how the failings of the church today are giving rise to a new “spiritual but not religious” movement. Using evidence from the latest national polls and from her own cutting-edge research, Bass, the visionary author of A People’s History of Christianity,

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Diana Butler Bass, one of contemporary Christianity’s leading trend-spotters, exposes how the failings of the church today are giving rise to a new “spiritual but not religious” movement. Using evidence from the latest national polls and from her own cutting-edge research, Bass, the visionary author of A People’s History of Christianity, continues the conversation began in books like Brian D. McLaren’s A New Kind of Christianity and Harvey Cox’s The Future of Faith, examining the connections—and the divisions—between theology, practice, and community that Christians experience today. Bass’s clearly worded, powerful, and probing Christianity After Religion is required reading for anyone invested in the future of Christianity.

Editorial Reviews

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.”
Marcus J. Borg
“Interesting, insightful, impressive and important.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062098283
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/13/2012
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
267,430
File size:
1 MB

What People are saying about this

Parker J. Palmer
“…an important and life-giving book, written by … one of our finest religious writers.”
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.”
Rob Bell
“Bass has done it again! She’s spot on-prophetic, compelling, and most importantly, hopeful.”
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.”
Harvey Cox
“Refreshing, evocative, well informed and original.”
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.”
Marcus Borg
“Interesting, insightful, impressive and important.”
Bill McKibben
“Bass explains how experience, connection, and service are replacing theology as keys to the next Great Awakening. It’s a fascinating story.”

Meet the Author

Diana Butler Bass is the author of eight books on American religion, including Christianity After Religion, Christianity for the Rest of Us, and A People's History of Christianity. She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Duke University, has taught at the college and graduate level, and is currently an independent scholar. She was a columnist for the New York Times Syndicate, and blogs for the Huffington Post and the Washington Post on issues of religion, spirituality, and culture. Bass is a popular speaker at conferences, colleges and universities, and churches across North America. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, daughter, and dog. Her website is dianabutlerbass.com and she can be followed on Twitter at @dianabutlerbass.

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Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A smart assessment of the possible roles of the Christian churches in this age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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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erab More than 1 year ago
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