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

The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening

By Diana Butler Bass

HarperOne, 9780062003737, 294pp.

Publication Date: February 14, 2012



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.

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

“Bass has done it again! She’s spot on-prophetic, compelling, and most importantly, hopeful.”
-Rob Bell, author of Love Wins

“Refreshing, evocative, well informed and original.”
-Harvey Cox, author of The Future of Faith

“Bass explains how experience, connection, and service are replacing theology as keys to the next Great Awakening. It’s a fascinating story.”
-Bill McKibben, author of Earth and founder of

“Interesting, insightful, impressive and important.”
-Marcus Borg, author of Speaking Christian

“…an important and life-giving book, written by … one of our finest religious writers.”
-Parker J. Palmer, author of Let Your Life Speak

“Join Bass in rebuilding religion from the bottom up!”
-Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation and author of Falling Upward

“It is one blockbuster of an analysis that is also a delight to read.”
-Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence

“Diana reminds us here that, before every great awakening, folks say it is impossible... and after every great awakening, folks say it was inevitable.”
-Shane Claiborne, author and activist

“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.”
-Brian D. McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity

“Bass ably analyzes the struggle for awareness and change that defines spiritual awakening.”
-Publishers Weekly Religion Bookline (starred review)