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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 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.

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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