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Book | Christianity After Religion by Diana Butler Bass

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Bass, Diana Butler. Christianity after Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening. 1st ed. New York: HarperOne, 2012.

diana-butler-bassI heard Diana Butler Bass speak at the Festival of Homiletics a couple years ago, and she was fantastic. These are the notes I took from that presentation. It changed the way I look at the Creed, and has impacted how I teach Catechism.

Part One of Dorothy Butler Bass' presentation at the Festival of Homiletics in Minneapolis, May 2011.
Part One of Diana Butler Bass’ presentation at the Festival of Homiletics in Minneapolis, May 2011.
Part Two of Dorothy Butler Bass' presentation at the Festival of Homiletics in Minneapolis, May 2011.
Part Two of Diana Butler Bass’ presentation at the Festival of Homiletics in Minneapolis, May 2011.

I believe these notes essentially express the thrust of the above mentioned book. Another big take-away for me is the reversal of belonging. It used to be that–in order to belong to a church–a person went through this sequence: read more

What the Church Cannot Be…

Churches cannot be clubs for the righteous, institutions that maintain religious conformity in the face of change, or businesses that manage orthodoxy and personal piety. Churches must be more like Rolling Thunder or holy flash mobs. They must grasp–in a profound and authentic way–that they are sacred communities of performance where the faithful learn the script of God’s story, rehearse the reign of God, experience delight, surprise, and wonder, and participate fully in the play. read more