Comments in response to “Welcome to Religious Polarization”
Reginald Bibby is a leading expert on religion in Canada. Those who are interested in religious trends in the world today should know his work.
A while ago I became aware of A New Day, an analysis of the state of religious practice in Canada that he was making available as a free download. I offered to help spread the word through Alban Weekly. The result is this week’s article, “Welcome to Religious Polarization,” and the inclusion of the print version of A New Day in our product line. It can be difficult and expensive to ship books across the Canadian-U.S. border, so we are hoping to make the book more accessible to U.S. customers who may be interested.
I find the framework of “polarization” a helpful one in looking at current trends. I’m grateful that Bibby doesn’t focus on the usual objects of polarization, such as the liberal and conservative arguments. Polarization is not an either/or choice; it is a rich continuum between two plausible and existent alternatives. For more information on polarities, see “Mapping the Virtuous Circle” by Roy Oswald and Barry Johnson, from their book, Managing Polarities in Congregations.