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Christianity after religion : the end of church and the birth of a new spiritual awakening

Author: Diana Butler Bass
Publisher: New York : HarperOne, ©2012.
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"In her latest book, religion expert Diana Butler Bass offers a fresh interpretation of this transformation and identifies a new spiritual awakening taking place inside and outside the church. Based on new research and a careful reading of history, CHRISTIANITY AFTER RELIGION argues that traditional Christianity has focused on three prescriptions, in this order: - This is what to believe (theology) - This is how to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Diana Butler Bass
ISBN: 9780062003737 0062003739 0062003747 9780062003744
OCLC Number: 741541068
Description: viii, 294 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The beginning --
The end of the beginning --
Questioning the old gods --
When religion fails --
Believing --
Behaving --
Belonging --
The great reversal --
Great awakening --
Performing awakening.
Responsibility: Diana Butler Bass.

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"In her latest book, religion expert Diana Butler Bass offers a fresh interpretation of this transformation and identifies a new spiritual awakening taking place inside and outside the church. Based on new research and a careful reading of history, CHRISTIANITY AFTER RELIGION argues that traditional Christianity has focused on three prescriptions, in this order: - This is what to believe (theology) - This is how to behave (practice) - This is who you are (experience and community) However, as modern people began to increasingly question their basic beliefs about their faith, disillusionment ensued and Christians began leaving the church as national studies reveal. Spirituality, by contrast, works in the reverse: people experience a connection to the divine directly and through community, are moved to change and serve others, and eventually discover what they believe. CHRISTIANITY AFTER RELIGION shows how this new bottom-up approach represents the real mission and message of Jesus and explains the dramatic spiritual awakening we are witnessing today. Replete with both statistical analysis and the testimonies of grassroots movements around the country, Bass's latest book shows us how to approach our own faith with a newfound freedom that is both life-giving and service driven. CHRISTIANITY AFTER RELIGION will appeal to both the news media and the large audience that made her first Harper book, Christianity For the Rest of Us, a success"--

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