Internationally renowned sociologist of religion, and co-author with pollster Angus Reid, Dr. Reginald Bibby will give the 2015-16 Christian Culture Lectures at St. Francis Xavier University on March 3 and 4, 2016.
Dr. Bibby will give two lectures—open to the public—in Room 205 of the Schwartz School of Business. The first will take place on Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. and the second on Friday, March 4 at 3:30 p.m.
On Thursday evening, in “Canada’s Catholics: Vitality and Hope in a New Era,” Dr. Bibby will share insights revealed by a major new examination of the current and future state of the Catholic Church in Canada. On Friday afternoon, in “Resilient Gods: Religion’s Demise and Rise in Canada and Everywhere Else,” he will speak to the co-existence of pro-religious and no-religious inclinations in Canada and the rest of the world, as well as what its overall impact might be on personal and social wellbeing.
The lectures draw from two books by Dr. Bibby to be published this year. The first, co-authored with Angus Reid, is “Canada’s Catholics: Vitality and Hope in a New Era.” The second, developing his earlier ground-breaking research, is “Beyond the Gods and Back: Religion’s Demise and Rise and Why it Matters.”
Dr. Bibby is an Officer of the Order of Canada (2006), Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient (2012), and Board of Governors Research Chair in the Department of Sociology at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta.
Beyond his many monograph contributions and some 100 journal and magazine articles, he is the author of 14 books which, to date, have sold over 160,000 copies. He is routinely sought after for comment on religion in Canada today, and his work has received front cover treatment by Maclean’s magazine on four occasions. He has contributed articles to the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald, and Ottawa Citizen, and has appeared extensively on national television and radio stations. In the United States, his work has been featured by prominent news outlets including The New York Times, the USA Today, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times.
Dr. William Sweet, Chair of the Christian Culture Lecture Series Committee, says that Dr. Bibby brings an exceptional combination of scholarship and real-world experience to his research, and that StFX is quite fortunate to be able to host a person of his standing in the Christian Culture lecture series. “Professor Bibby’s work bridges the scholarly and the practical, and his research exhibits a deep commitment to understanding religion in Canada today. He is an outstanding example of a scholar who can draw on both practical involvement and scholarly inquiry in the discussion of issues of interest to all Canadians.”