Reginald Bibby has published a new e-book called It’s a New Day: The Resilience and the Restructuring of Religion in Canada in which he writes about the growing polarization in Canada between the religious and non-religious.
The “Preface” of Bibby’s book states,
“It’s a new day for religion in Canada. What most of us thought was happening isn’t happening. Religion is not going away.
Many observers have focused their attention on the decline of a few of the previously prominent groups, and assumed their plight is the plight of religion as a whole.
They’ve been wrong. The ongoing market for things religious has meant that other players have been given the opportunity to increase their market shares. Some have been stepping forward.
What’s more, with accelerated immigration, the global vitality of religion is having and will continue to have a dramatic impact on the state of religion in Canada. The immediate big winners? Roman Catholics, evangelicals, and Muslims.
At the same time, the country as a whole is hardly embracing religion. There has been a significant increase in the number of people who are rejecting religion, as well as a rise in the proportion who constitute something of “an ambivalent middle.”
It adds up to the current religious reality: polarization – a story that I tell in detail in my most recent book, Beyond the Gods & Back: The Demise and Rise of Religion in Canada (2011).
This is a critically important story that needs to be heard by everyone who cares about religion, and even some who don’t. That’s where this book comes in.
To read Bibby’s book simply click on: A NEW DAY.