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Tara Elizabeth Burton and Bishop Barron

WOF 340: Strange New Religions w/ Tara Isabella Burton

In this new “Bishop Barron Presents” discussion, Bishop Barron sits down with bestselling author Tara Isabella Burton to discuss her new book, Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World.

Burton argues that while younger generations are supposedly the most secular according to surveys, they’re actually notably religious—it’s just that they have adopted strange new religions. She claims today’s Americans are embracing a kaleidoscopic panoply of spiritual traditions, rituals, and subcultures, from astrology and witchcraft to SoulCycle and the alt-right. In search of the deep and the real, they are finding meaning, purpose, ritual, and communities in ever-newer, ever-stranger ways.

In their conversation, Bishop Barron and Tara discuss topics such as:

  • Are people actually moving away from religion?
  • The unaffiliated
  • The retreat into self
  • Christian truth claims
  • Why people leave organized religion
  • And numerous other topics

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