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Nationally Recognized Author to Speak at Ligonier Town Hall
March 12 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Americans nationwide have taken notice of shifting religious and demographic
realities: a decline in mainline religious membership, a shift away from young adults joining churches
as they enter middle age, and the rise of the “nones,” those who claim no religious affiliation. Author
David Zahl suggests that while institutional religion may be on the decline, secular religiosity has been
on the rise for years.
On Thursday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m., nationally recognized author and writer David Zahl will be
speaking at Ligonier’s town hall on the future of American religion and spirituality in promotion of his
new book: Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became
Our New Religion and What to Do about It.
Seculosity is an exploration of a number of nationwide religious and spiritual trends. The book’s
thesis is that, while organized religion is in decline, the religious impulse to find meaning and purpose
has manifested itself in formerly secular areas of life. “We are never not in church” writes Zahl,
suggesting that political parties, parenting styles, special diets, work success, or romantic fulfillment
have taken on a secular religiosity (i.e. Seculosity) in the twenty-first century. That trend, says Zahl,
helps explain why organized religious institutions are losing members, why public discourse is
increasingly polarized, and why Millennial and Gen Z young adults aren’t attending church in the
same way as previous generations. Whether these secular institutions can bear the weight of our
religious needs, says Zahl, remains to be seen.
The reception to Seculosity has been remarkably positive from both secular and sacred sources. The
Washington Post, The Guardian (UK), and the Irish Times have given the book glowing write-ups
alongside Christianity Today, Christian Century, Modern Reformation, and other religious news
sources. The book has also been received well across the political and theological spectrum, with left
and right leaning outlets finding Zahl’s cultural commentary insightful and thought provoking. A
second “new and revised” printing of Seculosity is planned for release in August of 2020.
Author David Zahl is the founder and director of Mockingbird Ministries, editor-in-chief of the
popular Mockingbird website (www.mbird.com), and cohost of The Mockingcast. He and his family
live in Charlottesville, Virginia. Epiphany Church, Ligonier is hosting Zahl on his book tour and
sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public. More information on the event can be
found at EpiphanyLigonier.org/seculosity .