In less than a decade Diana Butler Bass has become one of American Christianity’s liveliest and most popular writers on religion and social change. Christianity after Religion, like her previous books, is full of warmth and is written with a winsome accessibility. Bass usually writes in large ways about big subjects while staying grounded in specific stories about particular communities and people; however, in this book she loses that particularizing power.
Books about the Christian faith tend to fall along a spectrum. On one end of the spectrum, the church is the problem; on the other, the church is the solution. Many contemporary books cluster somewhere around the middle, but in the past few years they have been bunching up on the church-is-the-problem side. Christianity after Religion joins these.