Resilient Gods: Being Pro-Religious, Low-Religious or No Religious in Canada

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Vendor: UBC Press


ISBN: 9780774890069

Number of Pages: 280

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.

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Reginald W. Bibby, OC, has held the Board of Governors Research Chair in the Department of Sociology at the University of Lethbridge since 2001. For more than four decades, he has been monitoring social trends in Canada through a series of well-known Project Canada national surveys of adults and teenagers. These surveys have produced unparalleled trend data and have been described by colleagues and the media as “a national treasure.” His current surveys include a number carried out in partnership with Angus Reid.

Widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading experts on religious and social trends, Professor Bibby has presented his findings in North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan. He has spoken at Canadian universities that include British Columbia and Victoria, Alberta and Calgary, Regina and Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Lakehead, Ottawa, Queen’s, McMaster, Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier, Toronto, Acadia, Prince Edward Island, and St. Francis Xavier. He has also made numerous presentations in Montreal and Quebec City. Outside Canada, he has presented his work at universities that include Oxford, Notre Dame, and Harvard.

His commitment to taking his work beyond the academic community has resulted in a large number of public appearances and a high media profile. Maclean’s alone has featured his research with four cover stories. Professor Bibby has written fifteen books that to date have sold more than 160,000 copies. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the nation, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006.

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