Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the  Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening  -     By: Diana Butler Bass
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HarperOne / 2012 / Hardcover

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* Church membership continues to plummet in America. Yet interest in the soul is rising. What's behind this "spiritual but not religious" trend? Offering fresh research, Bass explores the disillusionment some Christians feel---and shows that when they experience an authentic connection to community and the divine, they're moved to serve others as Jesus commanded. 272 pages, hardcover from HarperOne.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 0062003739
ISBN-13: 9780062003737
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The data is clear: religious affiliation is plummeting across the breadth of Christian denominations. And yet interest in "spirituality" is on the rise. So what is behind the sea change in American religion? With the same comprehensive research and insider reporting that made Christianity for the Rest of Us an indispensable guide to cultivating thriving churches, Diana Butler Bass offers a fresh interpretation of the "spiritual but not religious" trend.

Bass—who has spent her career teaching the history, culture, and politics of religion, and engaging church communities across the nation—brings forth her deep knowledge of the latest national studies and polls, along with her own groundbreaking analysis, as she seeks to fully comprehend the decline in Christian attendance and affiliation that started decades ago—and has increased exponentially in recent years.

Some contend that we're undergoing yet another evangelical revival; others suggest that Christian belief and practice is eroding entirely as traditional forms of faith are replaced by new ethical, and areligious, choices. But Bass argues compellingly that we are, instead, at a critical stage in a completely new spiritual awakening, a vast interreligious progression toward individual and cultural transformation, and a wholly new kind of postreligious faith.

Offering direction and hope to individuals and churches, Christianity After Religion is Bass's call to approach faith with a newfound freedom that is both life-giving and service driven. And it is a hope-filled plea to see and participate in creating a fresh, vital, contemporary way of faith that stays true to the real message of Jesus.

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

“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.”
“Join Bass in rebuilding religion from the bottom up!”
“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.”

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    Cotton Candy Soap Bubble Spirituality
    August 27, 2012
    Plesion
    Gender: male
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    Cotton candy tastes good, and if you eat enough of it, you get a sugar high - briefly. It isn't nourishing, and you sure can't thrive and grow on it. That is what this book is: spiritual cotton candy for those who are spiritually immature. It is one of the many insubstantial books catering to the "spiritual but not religious" types, the sort who would define "spirituality" as "I think about God once in a while."

    The tiresome phrase "Spiritual but not religious" passes for deep wisdom in what is called the "emergent" church. That church (maybe "anti-church" would be more apropos) consists mostly of peevish ex-evangelicals who decided that the religion they grew up with cramps their style, that they prefer thinking and behaving like their cool Politically Correct friends but still want to hang on to some slender threat of "spirituality." The solution: talk a lot about love, tolerance, the environment, and now and then drop the name Jesus, who (so this type says) approves of everything you do. Have your cake and eat it too - be cool, modern, nonjudgmental, and "spiritual" to boot. I don't know what this is, but it isn't Christianity.

    I notice all these "spiritual" authors quote Harvey Cox, the theological "class clown" of the 1970s. That is a bad sign, quoting (and approving) this superficial goofball who should have been forgotten long ago, except that his silly notion of "secular Christianity" still appeals to the weak-minded who can't handle full-strength Christianity. I notice that one of the cover blurbs is by Cox, who praises the book highly—apparently a case of "You quote me in your book and I'll tell the world it's great!" (Some might say this is a bit unethical . . .)

    Aside from having about as much substance as a soap bubble, Diane Bass's book is terribly edited. On the very first page she refers to "Saltine" crackers (it's not a brand name, so it isn't capitalized) and to the New American Standard Version (it's always called the New American Standard Bible, NASB, and anyone with a background in Christianity should know that). These may sound nitpicky, but unfortunately the sloppy, careless writing goes along with sloppy, careless thinking.

    Just a suggestion: if you have issues with church (and most people do, since no church is perfect), instead of turning to such silly, fatuous books as this, spend an hour or two actually reading one of the Gospels in the New Testament. There is a lot of "meat and potatoes" in the Bible, and it has a long history of transforming people's lives, and it is ten thousand times more nourishing than Diane Bass's cotton candy religion. I think it will still be read long after such books as this end up in the bargain rack at the local Books-a-Million.
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