Christianity for the Rest of Us by Diana Butler Bass
How the Neighborhood Church Is Transforming the Faith

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For decades the accepted wisdom has been that America's mainline Protestant churches are in decline, eclipsed by evangelical mega-churches. Church and religion expert Diana Butler Bass wondered if this was true, and this book is the result of her extensive, three-year study of centrist and progressive churches across the country. Her surprising findings reveal just the opposite—that many of the churches are flourishing, and they are doing so without resorting to mimicking the mega-church, evangelical style.

Christianity for the Rest of Us describes this phenomenon and offers a how-to approach for Protestants eager to remain faithful to their tradition while becoming a vital spiritual community. As Butler Bass delved into the rich spiritual life of various Episcopal, United Methodist, Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, and Lutheran churches, certain consistent practices—such as hospitality, contemplation, diversity, justice, discernment, and worship—emerged as core expressions of congregations seeking to rediscover authentic Christian faith and witness today.

This hopeful book, which includes a study guide for groups and individuals, reveals the practical steps that leaders and laypeople alike are taking to proclaim an alternative message about an emerging Christianity that strives for greater spiritual depth and proactively engages the needs of the world.

 

About Diana Butler Bass

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Diana Butler Bass is the author of seven books, including Christianity for the Rest of Us and The Practicing Congregation. She earned her Ph.D. in church history from Duke University and has taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Rhodes College, and Virginia Theological Seminary. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 338 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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In this panoramic view of two millennia of Christian history, Butler Bass (Christianity for the Rest of Us ) attempts to give contemporary progressive (the author prefers the term “generative”) Christians a sense of their family history, refracted through little known as well as famous men and wo...

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Most pundits will tell you that the mainline churches—Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Congregationalists and Disciples of Christ—are in decline: it is now commonplace to assume that liberal churches are doomed and only evangelical churches are growing.

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My own take is that to the extent that the RC church needed to hear Romans (a little ironic) at the time of the Reformation, the American Evangelical Church needs the reality of its “faith” called into question by 1 John and James.

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Spirituality & Practice

• Harry Emerson Fosdick who was convinced that people need a "spiritual interpretation of life."

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed Diana Butler Bass is the author of five books on American religion and a contributor to the PBS program Religion and Ethics Newsweekly and USA Today.

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