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

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, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062098283
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/13/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 500,694
File size: 2 MB

About 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 and she can be followed on Twitter at @dianabutlerbass.

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

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.”

Harvey Cox

“Refreshing, evocative, well informed and original.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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