Christianity After Religion (Paperback)

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

By Diana Butler Bass

HarperOne, 9780062003744, 304pp.

Publication Date: March 5, 2013

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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.

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“Bass has done it again! She’s spot on-prophetic, compelling, and most importantly, hopeful.”

“Refreshing, evocative, well informed and original.”

“Bass explains how experience, connection, and service are replacing theology as keys to the next Great Awakening. It’s a fascinating story.”

“Interesting, insightful, impressive and important.”

“…an important and life-giving book, written by … one of our finest religious writers.”

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“It is one blockbuster of an analysis that is also a delight to read.”

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

“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.”

“Bass ably analyzes the struggle for awareness and change that defines spiritual awakening.”