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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. Berglers critique further offers constructive suggestions for taming juvenilization.

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ISBN 9780802866844
Genre RELIGION / Christian Church / General
Format Paperback
Pages 281
Publisher Date 2012-04-20 00:00:00.0
Publisher Eerdmans Pub Co
Copyright Year 2012
Height 8.75 in
Wdth 6.0 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 0.85 lb
Language English
Audience General/trade
Authors Bergler, Thomas E.
Country of Origin United States

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