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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Resilient Gods

Being Pro-Religious, Low Religious, or No Religious in Canada

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Resilient Gods

Being Pro-Religious, Low Religious, or No Religious in Canada

Are Canadians becoming less religious? After playing a central role in our lives for nearly a century, religion did seem to be losing its salience. But there is more to the story. Resilient Gods takes an in-depth look at the religious landscape today. The picture that emerges is not one of religious decline but rather of polarization, with the numbers of “pro-” “no,” and “low” religious in flux. Using the most current information available, Bibby explores the implications of religious choices for personal and social well-being, spirituality, and attitudes towards death. The questions he asks are compelling and the answers thought-provoking whether one embraces the gods or not.


280 pages


Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1 The Early Days of God’s Dominion

2 Declining Religious Participation among Boomers

3 Pro-Religion, Low Religion, and No Religion

4 The Polarized Mosaic

5 Religious Inclinations and Personal Well-Being

6 Religious Inclinations and Social Well-Being

7 Religion versus Spirituality

8 Dealing with Death

9 The Resilience of Religion

Conclusion

Notes; References; Index

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