Resilient Gods

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

Reginald W. Bibby

  • Published: 2017. Paperback November 2017
  • Subject Listing: History / Canadian History
  • Bibliographic information: 264 pp., 25 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

Are Canadians becoming less religious? After playing a central role in our lives for nearly a century, religion seemed to be losing its salience in Canada. 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.
Reginald W. Bibby, OC, holds the Board of Governors Research Chair in the Department of Sociology at the University of Lethbridge. One of Canada's most respected sociologists, he is the author of fourteen previous books, including Fragmented Gods: The Poverty and Potential of Religion in Canada; Unknown Gods: The Ongoing Story of Religion in Canada; and Restless Gods: The Renaissance of Religion in Canada.

"Reginald Bibby is one of Canada's most talented, prolific, and popular sociologists. While he has achieved elite status in the discipline, he also writes incisively and with flair for the educated public. Bibby is one of the three or four most widely read Canadian sociologists ever."
-Robert Brym, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto

"Professor Bibby's data are a national treasure. But his abiding contribution is making that research 'talk' to us as Canadians. He is the best-known public sociologist in Canada - a sociological rock star."
-Susan A. McDaniel, Director of the Prentice Institute, University of Lethbridge

"No one has done more to acquaint Canadians with the landscape of religion in this country than Reginald Bibby. He has been telling us about ourselves in clear, simple, and suggestive terms with unequalled influence. Along the way, he has shaped the discourse of the sociology of religion internationally."
-John G. Stackhouse, Regent College, University of British Columbia


1. The Early Days of God's Dominion
2. Declining Religious Participation among Boomers
3. Pro-Religion, Low Religion, and No Religion
4. The Polarized Mosaic
5. Religious Inclinations and Personal Well-Being
6. Religious Inclinations and Social Well-Being
7. Religion versus Spirituality
8. Dealing with Death
9. The Resilience of Religion