New in the Church Library – January 2013

The data is clear: religious affiliation is plummeting across the Christian denominations. And yet interest in “spirituality” is on the rise. Diana Butler Bass offers a fresh interpretation of the “spiritual but not religious” trend in Christianity after Religion; the End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (270.8 B). After analyzing the decline in traditional values, especially in the last decade, she discusses the many and varied efforts to reshape Christianity for the future. Finally, she moves from possibility to practice by arguing that we are in the midst of a new spiritual awakening, an interreligious progression toward individual and cultural transformation that offers hope to both individuals and churches.

Carol Jensen, Church Librarian