The Fifth Book in Bibby's "Gods" Series Monitoring Canadian Religious Developments...
Following Fragmented Gods (1987), Unknown Gods(1993), Restless Gods(2002), Beyond the Gods(2011)
Being Pro-Religious, Low Religious, or No Religious in Canada
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 five book project. with the first two books already completed. They both draw heavily on the 2015 Religion Survey carried out in partnership with Angus Reid. The first, entitlted, Canada's Catholics, was co-authored with Reid and was released by Novalis in May of 2016. The second is the fifth in his well-known "gods" series. Entitled Resilient Gods, it 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.
A fourth book will draw on data from the 2015 Religion Survey as well as a new Social Trends Survey completed in late 2016 to provide an updated reading on Canadian youth. He expects to complete the manuscript in early 2018.
And a fifth book will take the form of a short monograph - similar to The Bibby Report: Social Trends Canadian Style - that was published in 1995. That book provided a synopsis of trend data for 1975 through 1995; this book will extend the analysis another 20 years through 2015. He anticipates it will be released as a highly accessible...and probably free...e-book by the early fall of 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 three Commentaries on the new survey research with Angus himself - "We'll be home for Christmas - However it's celebrated" (December 2013), "Christmas in Canada - Merry and Much More" (December 2014), and "The Christmas Clue to Catholicism in Canada" (December 2016). 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 such new 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.
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. In October of 2016, they again worked together to produce a 2016 Social Trends Survey. All these data - as indicated - are being used extensively in at least five new books and monographs.
A Sampling of Events
Feb 13 Calgary Ambrose U Behavioural Science Advisory Council
17-26 Los Angeles Futures Project
Apr Extensive book manuscript writing
May05-07 Calgary AAR Pacific NW Meetings
15 Calgary Ambrose U Behavioural Science Advisory Council
28-30 Toronto Canadian Sociological Association Meetings
Dec 30-1 Montreal Étudier la religion au Québec: regards d'ici et d'ailleurs