Diana Butler Bass


Diana Butler Bass holds a Ph.D. in American religious history from Duke University. She is the author of eight books in religion and spirituality, a regular contributor to Huffington Post, and a popular speaker and consultant to religious and non-profit organizations. Her most recent book, "Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening" (HarperOne, 2012), focuses on the changing shape of American religion. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Stories by Diana Butler Bass
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The Obama Doctrine: American Civil Spirituality

President Obama has overseen the decline of American civil religion. He has also helped foster a new public faith: American civil spirituality.

In Obama’s inauguraion speech, a new American religion

Mark Wilson GETTY IMAGES U.S. President Barack Obama gives his inauguration address during the public ceremonial inauguration on the West … Continued

‘The Hunger Games’: Spiritual, but not religious

“Why is there no religion in “The Hunger Games”?” asks a reader in an online forum about the young adult … Continued

Is religion dying –or reinventing?

For decades, Americans have been turning toward spirituality as a protest vote against conventional religion. In the last dozen years, … Continued

Liberal Protestantism Finding New Life

The New York Times recently ran a story about the Riverside Church, the congregation that serves as a national cathedral … Continued