This week, what is surely one of the most bizarre religion stories of the year came across my email.  No, it wasn’t the story about lightning hitting the giant Jesus statue in Ohio.  Instead, it is the “Mitregate” scandal, part of the continuing saga of Anglican travail. Both the Guardian newspaper in England and Episcopal…

Over the weekend, I spoke to a large group of mainline churchgoers who posed their conference theme as a question: “Who Are You Christians Anyway?”  The question is a good one–and it is a question that people ask me all the time, especially when I travel.  Although the United States remains the country with the largest…

With the World Cup in South Africa, it is appropriate to take note of African religion–for not only are Africans sports-mad, but they are the most religious people in the world.  In 1912, geographer George Kimball quipped, “The darkest thing about Africa has been our ignorance of it.”  For most Americans, not much has changed…

My daughter is finishing sixth grade at a school that teaches world religions to middle schoolers.  This year, they studied Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam.  Christianity (Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant) comes next year.  The program is wonderful, designed by a passionate young teacher who is working on her Ph.D. in religious studies at the University…

Diana Butler Bass
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Diana Bass

Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of seven books including A People’s History of Christianity: the Other Side of the Story (HarperOne, 2009) Her best-selling Christianity for the Rest of Us (2006) was named as one of the best religion books of the year by Publishers Weekly and Christian Century, won the Book of the Year Award from the Academy of Parish Clergy, and was featured in a cover story in USA TODAY.

Diana regularly consults with religious organizations, leads conferences for religious leaders, and teaches and preaches in a variety of venues. She regularly comments on religion, politics, and culture in the media including USA TODAY, Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, CNN, FOX, PBS, and NPR. From 1995-2000, she wrote a weekly column on American religion for the New York Times Syndicate. She has written widely in the religious press, including Sojourners, Christian Century, Clergy Journal, and Congregations.

From 2002 to 2006, she was the Project Director of a national Lilly Endowment funded study of mainline Protestant vitality—a project featured in Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. Diana also serves on the board of directors of the Beatitudes Society.

Diana has taught at Westmont College, the University of California at Santa Barbara, Macalester College, Rhodes College, and the Virginia Theological Seminary. She has taught church history, American religious history, history of Christian thought, religion and politics, and congregational studies.

She lives in Alexandria, Virginia. She is a member of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in downtown Washington, D.C.

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