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The Resource Almost Christian : What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church

Almost Christian : What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church

Label
Almost Christian : What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church
Title
Almost Christian
Title remainder
What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Based on the National Study of Youth and Religion--the same invaluable data as its predecessor, Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers--Kenda Creasy Dean's compelling new book, Almost Christian, investigates why American teenagers are at once so positive about Christianity and at the same time so apathetic about genuine religious practice. In Soul Searching, Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton found that American teenagers have embraced a "Moralistic Therapeutic Deism"--a hodgepodge of banal, self-serving, feel-good beliefs that bears little resemblance to traditional Christianity. But far from faulting teens, Dean places the blame for this theological watering down squarely on the churches themselves. Instead of proclaiming a God who calls believers to lives of love, service and sacrifice, churches offer instead a bargain religion, easy to use, easy to forget, offering little and demanding less. But what is to be done? In order to produce ardent young Christians, Dean argues, churches must rediscover their sense of mission and model an understanding of being Christian as not something you do for yourself, but something that calls you to share God's love, in word and deed, with others. Dean found that the most committed young Christians shared four important traits: they could tell a personal and powerful story about God; they belonged to a significant faith community; they exhibited a sense of vocation; and they possessed a profound sense of hope. Based on these findings, Dean proposes an approach to Christian education that places the idea of mission at its core and offers a wealth of concrete suggestions for inspiring teens to live more authentically engaged Christian lives. Persuasively and accessibly written, Almost Christian is a wake up call no one concerned about the future of Christianity in
  • America can afford to ignore
Cataloging source
MiAaPQ
Dewey number
277.3/0830835
LC call number
BV4531.3 -- .D43 2010eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Label
Almost Christian : What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication Page -- Preface -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Part I: Worshipping at the Church of Benign Whatever-ism -- 1. Becoming Christian-ish -- 2. The Triumph of the "Cult of Nice" -- Part II: Claiming a Peculiar God-Story -- 3. Mormon Envy: Sociological Tools for Consequential Faith -- 4. Generative Faith: Faith That Bears Fruit -- 5. Missional Imaginations: We Are Not Here for Ourselves -- Part III: Cultivating Consequential Faith -- 6. Parents Matter Most: The Art of Translation -- 7. Going Viral for Jesus: The Art of Testimony -- 8. Hanging Loose: The Art of Detachment -- 9. Make No Small Plans: A Case for Hope -- Appendix A -- Appendix B -- Appendix C -- Appendix D -- Appendix E -- Notes -- Index
Control code
zmeld1 b7169878
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (213 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780195314847
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC547962
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL547962
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10399390
  • (OCoLC)646788800
Label
Almost Christian : What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication Page -- Preface -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Part I: Worshipping at the Church of Benign Whatever-ism -- 1. Becoming Christian-ish -- 2. The Triumph of the "Cult of Nice" -- Part II: Claiming a Peculiar God-Story -- 3. Mormon Envy: Sociological Tools for Consequential Faith -- 4. Generative Faith: Faith That Bears Fruit -- 5. Missional Imaginations: We Are Not Here for Ourselves -- Part III: Cultivating Consequential Faith -- 6. Parents Matter Most: The Art of Translation -- 7. Going Viral for Jesus: The Art of Testimony -- 8. Hanging Loose: The Art of Detachment -- 9. Make No Small Plans: A Case for Hope -- Appendix A -- Appendix B -- Appendix C -- Appendix D -- Appendix E -- Notes -- Index
Control code
zmeld1 b7169878
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (213 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780195314847
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC547962
  • (Au-PeEL)EBL547962
  • (CaPaEBR)ebr10399390
  • (OCoLC)646788800

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