Special note: this is my 100th post on Canadian Atheist making me the most frequent/obnoxious writer here. Overall this is post 314.
Dennis Gruending, at Pulpit and Politics, has posted an interesting piece about Reginald Bibby, sociologist and categorizer of Canadian religious trends. Unfortunately, as both Gruending and Bibby are Christians (Catholic and Baptists respectively, I believe), the analysis is sometimes biased.
Followers of Bibby’s work out of the University of Lethbridge (where atheist Religious Studies professor and blogger Dr. Jim happens to reside) will remember that he is fond of publishing surveys, steeped in religious language, that purportedly show how the religious are more generous and good than the non-religious [pdf]. He is also fond of declaring that there are no more atheists in Canada today (2007) then there were in 1978 [pdf].
Nevertheless, there are some interesting quotes that I want to selectively pull from this post, about Bibby’s latest book.