Diana Butler Bass Extended Interview

“I think that people who are leaving church, or people who call themselves spiritual but not religious, are raising really significant questions about faith, about community life and about the future of religion that religious leaders should pay more attention to,” says religion scholar Diana Butler Bass, author of Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening. Watch more of our interview with her about the religious implications of the rise of the religiously unaffiliated.


  • Susan C. Nicolai

    I really enjoyed this interview with Ms. Bass.

    I have heard the phrase, ‘spiritual but not religous’ many time. The people using this phrases often sound like they are offering an apology.

    Ms. Bass’ explaination of why this phrase developed and where it might be taking the community of the church makes alot of sense and echos many of my own thoughts.

  • Lee Marie

    Ms. Bass description of the fulfillment of our Founders desires for mutually respectful faith traditions resides in the Unitarian Universalist Association of congregations and has together since 1961. The Universalists and the Unitarians each organized in 1825 but their theologies, churches and practices are much older. I would suggest to anyone looking for what Ms. Bass lifts up, that they visit a UU congregation any Sunday and see for themselves. It is beautiful to be able to worship, sing, read, and hear the stories from our UU traditions, the wisdom of the world’s religions, science, the arts and more, and know that “We do not need to think alike to love alike.” This includes people from a spectrum of theologies, including atheists and theists alike, as well as those whose spiritual practices might include anything from prayer, meditation, yoga, or simply walking in nature. We UU’s right now are engaging in communities of great spirit out of which vibrant social interaction grows and meaningful social justice does occur.