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Dr. Diana Butler Bass Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture.

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Dr. Diana Butler Bass

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Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of eight books including Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (HarperOne, 2012), and A People's History of Christianity: the Other Side of the Story (HarperOne, 2009). Her best-selling Christianity for the Rest of Us (2006) was named as one of the best religion books of the year by Publishers Weekly and Christian Century, won the Book of the Year Award from the Academy of Parish Clergy, and was featured in a cover story in USA TODAY.

Diana regularly consults with religious organizations, leads conferences for religious leaders, and teaches and preaches in a variety of venues. She regularly comments on religion, politics, and culture in the media including USA TODAY, Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, CNN, FOX, PBS, and NPR. From 1995-2000, she wrote a weekly column on American religion for the New York Times Syndicate. She has written widely in the religious press, including Sojourners, Christian Century, Clergy Journal, and Congregations.

From 2002 to 2006, she was the Project Director of a national Lilly Endowment funded study of mainline Protestant vitality-a project featured in Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. Diana also serves on the board of directors of the Beatitudes Society.

Diana has taught at Westmont College, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Macalester College, Rhodes College, and the Virginia Theological Seminary. She has taught church history, American religious history, history of Christian thought, religion and politics, and congregational studies.

She lives in Alexandria, Virginia. She is a member of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in downtown Washington, D.C.

 


Latest Content by Dr. Diana Butler Bass

Dr. Diana Butler Bass

Diana Butler Bass: Which Niebuhr, President Obama?

Dr. Diana Butler Bass (TEC)

 

In 2007, New York Times columnist David Brooks asked Barack Obama if he had ever read the Christian ethicist Reinhold Niebuhr. "I love him," the then-senator replied. "He's one of my favorite philosophers."

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Diana Butler Bass: RIP: The Death of Protestant Politics

Dr. Diana Butler Bass (TEC)

 

On April 25, the Washington Post ran side-by-side obituaries of Howard Phillips and Robert Edgar in its print edition. The two men, one 72 and the other 69, died within three days of each other.

Those obituary notices, however, are the only time the two were on the same page. In life, they were opposites in faith and politics. Howard Phillips, a layman, helped establish the new Christian Right. Bob Edgar, a United Methodist minister, was a liberal seminary president and former head of the National Council of Churches.

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Other Recent Content by Dr. Diana Butler Bass

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May 02, 2013

Diana Butler Bass: The Future of Faith

Dr. Diana Butler Bass (TEC)

The American religious future will be made as Christians engage these emerging cultures in meaningful, life-giving ways.
Dr. Diana Butler Bass

A Conversation with Diana Butler Bass

Dr. Diana Butler Bass (TEC)

In this special Day1 Podcast Extra, author and religious historian Diana Butler Bass and Day1 host Peter Wallace discuss her new book, Christianity After Religion.

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December 20, 2012

Diana Butler Bass: Where Was God in Newtown?

Dr. Diana Butler Bass (TEC)

Since the Newtown killings, much public conversation -- between friends, in sermons, through social networks and blogs, and even in the mainstream media -- has centered on God.
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December 09, 2012

Diana Butler Bass: Progressives, Advent, and the End of the World

Dr. Diana Butler Bass (TEC)

If we enter the Advent journey with a different perspective on time, the apocalyptic texts speak afresh. Indeed, the words of the liturgical prayer weekly reminds us of the mystery of God's redemptive time: Jesus has come; Jesus comes; Jesus will come. This is the dance of time, grace-filled steps that enact God's vision that the end-times are all times; that all times are the end-times.
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October 08, 2012

Chris Yaw Interviews Diana Butler Bass: What Will Tomorrow's Church Look Like?

The Rev. Chris Yaw (TEC)

A wide open, Wiki-community, more dependent on the wisdom of many will dominate the church of tomorrow says author and speaker Diana Butler Bass. This is just one trend Diana, a historian by background, has been tracking. She says the next generation is much more apt NOT to believe in God – so it’s important for churches to come clean in the areas of honesty and a willingness to admit we don’t know it all.
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July 16, 2012

Diana Butler Bass: Can Christianity Be Saved? A Response to Ross Douthat

Dr. Diana Butler Bass (TEC)

The real question is not "Can liberal Christianity be saved?" The real question is: Can Christianity be saved?
David Crumm Article

April 06, 2012

David Crumm Interviews Diana Butler Bass on Growing Healthier Churches

David Crumm

ReadtheSpirit.com editor David Crumm interviews noted author Diana Butler Bass on her new book "Christianity After Religion," and explores how to grow healthier churches.
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Diana Butler Bass - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

Dr. Diana Butler Bass (TEC)

Author and religious historian Diana Butler Bass sits down with Day1 host Peter Wallace to discuss her new book, Christianity After Religion, and delves into the roots of the crisis that churches of all kinds are facing, causes ranging from September 11th to the abuse scandal the Catholic Church faces, and where she sees the future of worship and Christianity. Join us for a conversation of faith and hope, only on Day1.
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Does The Church Have A Future? - Diana Butler Bass

Dr. Diana Butler Bass (TEC)

Diana Butler Bass offers a compelling analysis of where she sees the church headed in the world of faith in which we live today. In this brilliant segment she explains the premise of her new book, Christianity After Religion, and explains where she sees the church going in this uncertain age.

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Conversation with Diana Butler Bass - 30 Good Minutes Interview

Dr. Diana Butler Bass (TEC)

Lillian Daniel and Lydia Talbot in conversation with Diana Butler Bass, who says, "An amazing amount of people in their 20s and 30s right now are breaking through all the boundaries and trying to create a generative faith based on love."
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A People's History of Faith - Diana Butler Bass on 30 Good Minutes

Dr. Diana Butler Bass (TEC)

Historian of religion, Diana Butler Bass, author of "A People's History of Christianity," suggest that we look at Christian history from the starting point of the Great Commandment ("Love God and love your neighbor as yourself") rather than the Great Commission ("Go into all the world") for a new perspective on that history.
Dr. Diana Butler Bass

Diana Butler Bass - Day1 Podcast Extra

Dr. Diana Butler Bass (TEC)

Author, speaker, and scholar of American religion and culture Diana Butler Bass talks with Day1 host Peter Wallace about the study of contemporary history and the future of the church.
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Diana Butler Bass - Day1 Video Features part 4

Dr. Diana Butler Bass (TEC)

Author, speaker and scholar of American religion and culture sits down with Day1 host Peter Wallace to discuss the decline of the church on the worldwide stage, the loss of the interest of youth, and the challenges to the institutional structure of the church in new times.
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Diana Butler Bass - Day1 Video Features part 3

Dr. Diana Butler Bass (TEC)

Author, speaker and scholar Diana Butler Bass sits down with Day1 host Peter Wallace to discuss some of the lesser known people who influenced Christianity over the centuries.
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Diana Butler Bass - Day1 Video Feature part 2

Dr. Diana Butler Bass (TEC)

Author, speaker and scholar of American religion and culture sits down with Day1 host Peter Wallace at the 2009 Festival of Homeletics in Atlanta to discuss the study of contemporary history, specifically the study of religion and culture, and the applications of past lessons to modern challenges in the church. Diana also discusses the high level of contention around writing a standard history of Christianity, and the spread of "triumphalist" texts on the subject.
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Diana Butler Bass - Day1 Video Feature part 1

Dr. Diana Butler Bass (TEC)

Author, speaker, and scholar of American religion and culture Diana Butler Bass sits down with Day1 host Peter Wallace to discuss the study of contemporary history and the future of the church.