The Spiritual Quest of the Post-Boomer Generation
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: Rutgers University Press
This book began life several years ago in a conversation we had about a potential follow-up project to our GenX Religion book, based on our observations of many young Christians we knew who were giving up on the relatively sterile, rationalist Protestant worship they were experiencing in their churches. In this, we saw them making what to us was a fairly radical switch...
Chapter 1: Introduction
Religion, it seems, is everywhere in the news. Whether abroad in various war zones like Afghanistan or Iraq or in persistent crisis situations such as between the Israelis and Palestinians, religion plays a central organizing role in the events taking place there. At home, religion plays a role in seemingly everything from presidential elections to immigration (we’re...
Chapter 2: Innovators
When entering the worship service at the Bridge Communities, one is struck by all the activity that is going on simultaneously, yet all organized around worship and building community. There are digitally produced images projected on multiple walls of the space that are both visually engaging and helping to provide a visual narrative to what is...
Chapter 3: Appropriators
As we drove up to Anaheim Stadium—where Major League Baseball’s Angels play—we were wondering what this particular evening would look and feel like. We were on our way to the annual Harvest Crusade, held for three nights each summer since 1990 at the home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.1 The Harvest Crusade is modeled after such large-scale...
Chapter 4: Resisters
When we heard about the conference that placed two of our types in direct contact with each other, we thought it was too good to be true. We would be able to see how representatives of our Innovators and our Resisters interacted with each other, in particular how they framed what they each saw as the important issues currently facing the church. This was a one-day conference...
Chapter 5: Reclaimers
We arrived at the Orthodox church1 at about nine forty-five in the morning for the ten o’clock service. Although we were only a few minutes early, hardly anyone was outside on the church grounds, and only a few cars were in the parking lot. Our plan was to attend the morning worship service, and then to meet up with several young adult converts to Orthodoxy whom we had previously...
Chapter 6: Conclusion
In the emerging social scientific literature on spirituality, analysts have largely framed “spirituality” as a counterpart to “religion,” with the spiritual referring to the inner life, and the individualistic search for meaning, whether this is from within a particular religious tradition or traditions or from a religiously unaffiliated “spiritual but not religious” approach...
About the Authors
Page Count: 248
Illustrations: 11 figures
Publication Year: 2008
OCLC Number: 236080935
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