Introduction Just When Some People Thought it Was Over
The Backdrop: The First 500 Years
New Life in the 21st Century
A Closer Look at the Importance and Nature of Faith
A Closer Look at the Impact of Faith on Life
Where Things Are Headed
What’s Needed by Way of a Response
Achieving the Possible and the Impossible
Conclusion Beyond Vitality, Hope, and Perplexity
Coming in the Spring of 2017 from UBC Press
A successor to the ground-breaking, Beyond the Gods, first published in 2011.
Significant update and expansion.
Important new national and global data.
A clearer and even more convincing presentation of the polarization thesis.
A delineation of pro-religious and no religious inclinations.
A new exposition of the important segment of people "in the religious middle."
New Projects, New Books, New People
Through his Project Canada national surveys of adults and teenagers, Bibby has been monitoring social trends since the 1970s, in the process compiling a national treasury of information on social and cultural change.
He currently is working on an ambitious three book project. Two draw heavily on the 2015 Religion Survey carried out in partnership with Angus Reid. The first, entitlted, Canada's Catholics, is being co-authored with Reid and is being released by Novalis in May of 2016. The second is the fifth in his well-known "gods" series. Entitled Resilient Gods, it is scheduled to be published by UBC Press in the spring of 2017.
The third is a unique trends book that looks back and looks forward. Using the pivotal year of Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017, the first half pulls together his trend findings from 1975 through 2015 with a tentative heading of Canada Since 1967: Looking Back 50 Years. The second half draws on his extensive findings, plus the best additional information available - including considerable "expert opinion" - to provide a data-driven and thought-provoking portrait of what life in Canada may look like by Canada's 200th anniversay in, yes, 2067. Accordnigly, the second half carries a tentative heading of Canada in 2067: Looking Ahead 50 Years. Depending on the publisher's design choices, the book could be a standard, two-part book. But, more radically, it could be in a "back-to-back" format. The target date for publication is mid-2017.
In late 2013, Reginald Bibby and Andrew Grenville, the Chief Research Officer with Vision Critical, a division of Angus Reid Global, teamed up to write and present what they think is an important paper on polling and service attendance, that was published in the Canadian Review of Sociology in January of 2016. The paper benefited immensely from Bibby and Grenville being able to bring their respective strengths - Bibby, a career of studying religious trends, Grenville the survey research resources of Angus Reid. They continue to collaborate in charting social and religious trends, as well as exploring the kind of life that is emerging in Canada. Grenville is now the Chief Research Officer of MARU/VCR&C, which emerged after the MARU Group acquired the research wing of Vision Critical.
Reg has also co-authored two Commentaries on the new survey research with Angus himself - "We'll be home for Christmas - However it's celebrated" (December 2013), and "Christmas in Canada - Merry and Much More" (December 2014). As noted, they have co-authored Canada's Catholics, an empirical reading of the state of Catholicism in Canada that draws heavily from their major national survey of religion carried out in March of 2015.
The extensive data collected by Bibby since the 1970s and Angus Reid since the 1980s, supplemented by additional survey data generated by other private pollsters and Statistics Canada, provide us with a wealth of information that can be used to monitor social trends.
However, the dynamic nature of life means that ongoing readings are required, both to trace the expected and unexpected. Angus Reid has been assisting in producing updated and ongoing readings. Along the way, some of the findings are being immediately shared, beginning in November of 2013 with the theme area of leisure and the interest that Canadians have in various professional sports leagues. I
In December of 2013, important material on the Christmas activities and seasonal attendance in Canada, the U.S., and Britain was produced, and the initial findings released. That was followed by a three-setting survey in March of 2014 on beliefs concern life after death and interaction with people who are no longer alive. In December of 2014, a follow-up to the Christmas survey of a year before moved beyond activities to the question of why the season is so important to Canadians.
In March of 2015, Bibby and Reid collaborated to produce the 2015 Angus Reid Institute religion survey, that provides a comprehensive, updated reading of religion in Canada.
A Sampling of Events
15 Toronto Oblate Study Days
16 Toronto Trends and Futures Research
03-04 Hamilton Redeemer University College
20 Calgary University of Calgary external examiner
10 Edmonton ACCFCR Board Meeting
16 Vancouver North American Baptist Fellowship
17 Vancouver Trends and Futures Research
24-25 SaskatoonSaskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association
19 Calgary ACCFCR Board Meeting
24-25 Edmonton ACCFCR Annual Meeting
23-25 Newport Beach Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
21-22 Toronto Metropolitan Community & Fairlawn Avenue United Church
23 Toronto Trends & Futures Research
10-11 Vancouver Trends & Futures Research
16 Calgary Canadian Franciscan Friar Chapter
03-04 Antigonish St. Xavier University Christian Culture Lectures
17 Lethbridge University of Lethbridge PUBlic Professor Lecture Series
20 Lethbridge Lethbridge Catholic Churches
06-08 Moscow, ID AAR Pacific NW Meetings
30-03 Calgary Canadian Sociological Association Meetings
18 Waterton Park Southern AB School Superintendents