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December 8, 2015

In May 2015 I was invited to participate in a two-day workshop in Toronto, Ontario with a group of thirty scholars from various disciplinary backgrounds across Europe, the United States, and Canada. The task was to embark on a conversation and research study (Science a...

November 27, 2015

On November 25, 2015 I formally launched my book, The Meaning of Sunday, in a public lecture at Ambrose University. Click here for a link to the video of that presentation (about an hour long), followed by a question/answer period with those in attendance.

 

For those in...

December 3, 2014

The Rise of the 'Nones'

 

24% of Canadian adults say that they have ‘no religion’ today, compared to 4% in 1971. 32% of Canadian teens say that they have ‘no religion,’ compared to 12% in 1984. Similar trends are emerging throughout the modern Western world, and I think...

October 24, 2014

Leaving and Not Coming Back?

Next week I head to the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion annual meeting in Indianapolis. I will present a paper titled, “Dwindling Demand: Abandoning Religious Involvement and Affiliation in Canada.” This material arises from the...

April 2, 2014

I am in the middle of a three-week stretch spending time with seven groups  in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario to discuss the current state of religion in Canada and what this means for local congregations. While flying home this past Sunday I worked on a presentat...

January 2, 2014

I am fresh off the Christmas break. I love my job – teaching students, researching religion in Canada, and speaking at different venues – though I was eager for some time away from work, especially grading assignments around the clock leading up to Christmas. The troub...

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