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Religious diversity in America has exploded in the last century, and religious freedom has further promoted the marketplace of spiritualities. In this final week of the Patheos Summer Series, we explore some of these new religious developments. Some of them are derived from Christian roots; others identify with even older traditions; and yet others are much newer developments of thought and practice.

This topic is part of our summer symposium on the Future of Faith in America. For more resources visit our Future of Faith main page.


Christian Traditions

The Paradox and Promise of Christian Science

The Paradox and Promise of Christian Science

Nathan Fredrickson

The growing emphasis on health and spirituality suggests that Christian Science has the potential for its vision to be compelling to a wider audience in the U.S.

The Future of UU: What's After

The Future of UU: What's After "Spiritual But Not Religious"?

J. Carl Gregg

Being "Religious But Not Spiritual" may be more debilitating than the "spiritual but not religious" reality.

The Future of Christian Science: A Time for Spiritual Awakening

The Future of Christian Science: A Time for Spiritual Awakening

Thomas Johnsen

Confronted by the difficulties of recent years, many Christian Scientists have thought more deeply about the nature of their church and its purpose in the world.

Unitarian Universalists and the Search for the Enduring Liberating Spirit

Unitarian Universalists and the Search for the Enduring Liberating Spirit

Thomas Schade

Of all the religions in America, the Unitarian Universalists ought to be the least anxious about the future.

Pagan Traditions

The Future of Paganism: Pragmatic and Trustworthy

The Future of Paganism: Pragmatic and Trustworthy

Anne Newkirk Niven

In the end, our challenge is to create a culture that brings joy to the downtrodden and inspires us to campaign on behalf of Life, even when that work may seem hopeless.

Roots and Branches: Developing Future Paganism

Roots and Branches: Developing Future Paganism

Christopher Penczak

Paganism is taking the dissonances of our traditions and using them as the gateway to enter the Mysteries.

Neo-Pagan Resurgence: Awakening Into Apotheasis

Neo-Pagan Resurgence: Awakening Into Apotheasis

Oberon Zell

In anticipation of the next Renaissance in the 2020s, the Wheel is turning again, and consciousness of the Goddess is re-emerging throughout the world.

More Traditions

Baha'i Faith in America: Forecast and Wish List

Baha'i Faith in America: Forecast and Wish List

Christopher Buck

Baha'i communities, Baha'i individuals, and Baha'i institutions will be the primary players in the development of the Baha'i Faith in America.

The Baha'i Faith and the Renewal of the World

The Baha'i Faith and the Renewal of the World

Paul Hanley

As we build our spiritual resources as individuals, and those of communities and institutions, we will begin to see the healing of our fractured social-ecological environment.

The Future of Baha'i and the Unity of the Human Family

The Future of Baha'i and the Unity of the Human Family

Glen Fullmer

The rise of the "nones" reflects a growing awareness of the oneness of humanity.

Scientology's Future: An Era of Unprecedented Expansion

Scientology's Future: An Era of Unprecedented Expansion

Linda Wieland

We believe in the basic goodness of Mankind and that with all people of goodwill working together we can tackle these social ills and accomplish what has only been a dream before.