The Juvenilization of American Christianity

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The Juvenilization of American Christianity

Format:  Paperback,

281 pages

Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co

Publish Date: Apr 2012

ISBN-13: 9780802866844

ISBN-10: 0802866840

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Pop worship music. Falling in love with Jesus. Mission trips. Wearing jeans and T-shirts to church. Spiritual searching and church hopping. Faith-based political activism. Seeker-sensitive outreach. These now-commonplace elements of American church life all began as innovative ways to reach young people, yet they have gradually become accepted as important parts of a spiritual ideal for all ages. What on earth has happened? In The Juvenilization of American Christianity Thomas Bergler traces the way in which, over seventy-five years, youth ministries have breathed new vitality into four major American church traditions -- African American, Evangelical, Mainline Protestant, and Roman Catholic. Bergler shows too how this "juvenilization" of churches has led to widespread spiritual immaturity, consumerism, and self-centeredness, popularizing a feel-good faith with neither intergenerational community nor theological literacy. Bergler?'s critique further offers constructive suggestions for taming juvenilization.


Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
Publish Date: Apr 2012
ISBN-13: 9780802866844
ISBN-10: 0802866840
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 281
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.88
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Chapter outline

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: We're All Adolescents Nowp. 1
Youth, Christianity, and the Crisis of Civilizationp. 19
Misreading the Signs of the Times: From Political Youth to Trivial Teenagersp. 41
Social Prophets or Silent Generation? The Failed Juvenilization of Liberal Protestantismp. 67
The Black Church and the Juvenilization of Christian Political Activismp. 92
Why Everyone Wanted to Get out of the Catholic Ghettop. 119
How to Have Fun, Be Popular, and Save the World at the Same Timep. 147
Youth, Christianity, and the 1960s Apocalypsep. 176
The Triumph and Taming of Juvenilizationp. 208
Notesp. 230
Indexp. 267

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