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Social Science Sociology Of Religion

Resilient Gods

Being Pro-Religious, Low Religious, or No Religious in Canada

by (author) Reginald W. Bibby

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2017
Sociology of Religion, General
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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.

About the author

Reginald W. Bibby, O.C., Ph.D., is a professor of sociology at the University of Lethbridge. The author of over two dozen books, he has been monitoring adult and youth social trends in Canada for more than four decades. He lives in Lethbridge, Alberta.

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Editorial Reviews

[…][t]his will be of interest to a wide audience and a welcome addition to congregational, parish, public, and academic libraries.


Although there are few differences between Canadians who are religious and those who are not, religion appears to make a significant contribution to the social well-being of Canadians. Furthermore, this research also looks at spirituality and the attitudes of Canadians toward death, their beliefs in God, life after death, heaven, and so forth. Bibby concludes that in Canada and around the world, people variously embrace religion, reject religion, or take something of a middle position, and, despite secularization, the gods are still resilient. This comparative, insightful, illuminating book is a major contribution to the sociology of religion. Summing Up: Highly Recommended


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