Awakening or Apocalypse?

The Promises and Perils of our Time

A Zoom Conversation with Diana Butler Bass

Now available via recording!


Awakening or Apocalypse?
The Promises and Perils of our Time

Awakening opens the imagination toward what might be,
a dream we dare to dream, to actually be America.


America is in the midst of an awakening.

Our cultural tumult marks a new “Great Awakening” – an extraordinary period of change, one brought about by lost faith, social disorientation, and cultural distortion, that will result in bringing in those who have been marginalized and create a politics whereby more can flourish. To insist that this is an awakening is to insist on hope – that distress and chaos are not the last word.

This is not simply a steady march of progress. Every awakening in American history was also accompanied by a counter-awakening: a backward movement toward a supposedly perfect past. The incipient possibilities of awakenings are often threatened by powerful forces seeking to abort the future. Yet this dangerous backlash is also a hopeful sign: it is part of the deeper spiritual process of cultural revitalization: opposition is evidence of a genuine American awakening.


About Diana Butler Bass

Diana Butler Bass, Ph.D., is an award-winning author, popular speaker, inspiring preacher, and one of America’s most trusted commentators on religion and contemporary spirituality. Diana’s passion is sharing great ideas to change lives and the world – a passion that ranges from informing the public about spiritual trends, challenging conventional narratives about religious practice, entering the fray of social media with spiritual wisdom and smart theology, and writing books to help readers see themselves, their place in history, and God differently. She does this with intelligence, joy, and a good dose of humor, leading well-known comedian John Fugelsang to dub her “iconic,” the late Marcus Borg to call her “spontaneous and always surprising,” and Glennon Doyle to praise her “razor-sharp mind” and “mystical heart.”

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Original live event: Friday, September 25th, 2020 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm ET USA (UTC/GMT-4)


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