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A New Age Of Reformation

Church historian Diana Butler Bass says a new reformation may be leaving religion behind.

A stained glass window glows, restored and then donated to the Museum of Divine Statues, is seen beyond a statue reclaimed from St. Propcop Church of Cleveland at the museum in Lakewood, Ohio on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. (AP)

A stained glass window glows, restored and then donated to the Museum of Divine Statues, is seen beyond a statue reclaimed from St. Propcop Church of Cleveland at the museum in Lakewood, Ohio on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. (AP)

“Spiritual but not religious,” is the box that an awful lot of Americans are checking these days.  Into God, as they define God.  Into soul.  Into spirituality.  But not, very often, in a house of worship.  In church.

Big church historian Diana Butler Bass as been watching the trend, along with a whole lot of worried church-goers, for many years.  Now she’s ready to call it, in her faith and beyond.  The end of the old.  The birth of something powerful and new.

This hour, On Point:  God after religion.  The end of church, she says, and the birth of a new spiritual awakening.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Diana Butler Bass, author of the new book Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening.

From Tom’s Reading List

Huffington Post “Something startling is happening in American religion: We are witnessing the end of church or, at the very least, the end of conventional church. The United States is fast-becoming a society where Christianity is being reorganized after religion. ”

Excerpt: Christianity After Religion

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Video: Jeff Bethke

Check out this video of internet sensation Jeff Bethke, who talks about faith without religion.

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