Post comments below with any of your thoughts, questions, and further areas of discussion on the first three chapters of Christianity After Religion.
Some guiding questions to kick start discussion:
- Have you ever felt like Anne Rice: committed to Christ but no longer willing to be a Christian? Butler Bass says people are unwilling to put up with religious business as usual anymore. What do you think? Is it time for change in your own church, in the larger Church?
- Butler Bass tells us the loss of obligation is a social phenomenon that has also taken toll at church. Do you attend church regularly? Why or why not? Do you attend because you feel you have to or do you want to? Do you know anyone who attends out of a sense of obligation?
- What is your faith story and how do you answer the three big questions Butler Bass poses: What do I believe? How should I act? Who am I?
- In a survey, almost one third of U.S. adults described themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” Only 9 percent claimed to be religious but not spiritual. How would you describe yourself in this context? Define religious and spiritual. Can a Christian be one but not the other?