Being Pro-Religious, Low Religious, or No Religious in Canada
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DR. REGINALD W. BIBBY holds the Board of Governors Research Chair in the Department of Sociology at the University of Lethbridge. Born and raised in Edmonton, he received a Ph.D. from Washington State University, an M.A. from the University of Calgary, a B.D. from Southern Seminary in Louisville, and a B.A. from the University of Alberta. In 2006, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the nation, the Governor General appointed him an Officer of the Order of Canada. He also is a 2012 recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
For more than four decades, spanning 1975 through today, Reginald Bibby has been monitoring social trends in Canada through a series of well known national surveys of adults and youth, in the process gathering pioneering and historic data on religion and young people. He has presented his findings in North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan, lecturing at universities including British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, McMaster, Queen's, Toronto, Acadia, St. Francis Xavier, Oxford, Notre Dame, and Harvard. He is the author of seventeen books, numerous monographs, and more than one hundred and twenty journal and magazine articles. To date, some 160,000 copies of his books have been sold.
Professor Bibby has conducted research and analyzes in Canada for the United, Anglican, Presbyterian, and Alliance churches, along with the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. In 2016, his ground-breaking book, Canada's Catholics, co-authored with Angus Reid, was released. Dr. Bibby also is well-known to a wide variety of other groups as a researcher, consultant, and writer. His work in the United States has included a major study at the turn of the century of the ministry priorities of some thirty American denominations and close to 2,500 congregations carried out for a consortium of U.S. Protestant publishers.
Professor Bibby has carried out surveys and data analyses for the Solicitor General of Canada, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Canadian Football League, the federal government's Social Trends Directorate, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, the Vanier Institute of the Family, and the Province of Alberta.
He continues to key a close eye on social trends, while building on and extending the trends surveys as he explores where life in Canada is today and where it will be by our 200th anniversary in 2067.
Dr. Bibby is one of the country's better known academics. His work has been covered in virtually all of Canada's major dailies and has received front cover treatment by Maclean's magazine on four occasions – April 9, 2001, July 1, 2006, April 13, 2009, and March 30, 2015 . In addition, he has contributed articles to newspapers including the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald, Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen and Montreal Gazette. His extensive national television and radio appearances over the years have included the CBC, CTV, and Global national news, Canada AM, Question Period, As It Happens, Cross Country Check Up, Sunday Edition, various CBC Newsworld/News Network programs, TSN's Off the Record, and such well-known, former Canadian mainstays as Peter Gzowski's Morningside, Shelagh Rogers' Sounds Like Canada, Valerie Pringle's Midday, and Pamela Wallin Live. In the United States, his work has been given exposure by prominent news outlets including as The New York Times, the USA Today, CNN, the Wall Street Journal,the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times.
Professor Bibby's efforts to interpret his findings have taken him into an unusually wide variety of settings across North America and beyond. He is routinely sought after for comment, data, and presentations.