Adult Faith: Growing in Wisdom and Understanding [NOOK Book]

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While popular writers such as Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins denounce religion as immature and infantile and mobilize evidence in the process we witness all around us another development that has received little scholarly attention: namely, adult people seeking more informed and enlightened ways to live out their faith in the world. This relatively new culture of the adult faith-seeker originated in the closing decades of the twentieth century as developmental psychology highlighted the changing nature ...
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Adult Faith: Growing in Wisdom and Understanding

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Overview

While popular writers such as Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins denounce religion as immature and infantile and mobilize evidence in the process we witness all around us another development that has received little scholarly attention: namely, adult people seeking more informed and enlightened ways to live out their faith in the world. This relatively new culture of the adult faith-seeker originated in the closing decades of the twentieth century as developmental psychology highlighted the changing nature of growth and maturity at different life-stages. Accompanied by the information explosion, adult people particularly began to ask questions for which they sought adult answers. The co-dependency of earlier times, expecting adults to simply accept what religious authorities taught, is alien to adult religious maturity. Adult faith has arrived at a new threshold, requiring novel approaches and strategies in the religious development of adult people.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608330607
  • Publisher: Orbis
  • Publication date: 3/22/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 405,361
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Vanishing Covenant

1 Defining Adulthood 7

A Cultural Shift 9

Toward a New Integration 11

The Enlarged Context 15

2 Ruling in Order to Control 18

Democratic Disempowerment 19

The Historical Backdrop 20

The Patriarchal Inheritance 21

The Breakdown 23

Our Codependent Culture 24

Anarchy Let Loose? 26

3 The Religion of Fearful Submission 29

Love and Power Confused 29

Problematic Religion 31

Beyond Dysfunctional Religion 34

4 The Tyranny of the Rational Mind 38

The Fallacy of Rationality 39

Rationality and the Evolution of Agriculture 41

Control from a Distance 43

Robust Individualism 44

A New Kind of Heroism 46

Reclaiming the Vulnerable Adult 47

When Heroes Give Way to Lovers 48

5 Our Frazzled Institutions 50

The Institutional Death Knell 51

Institutions Disempower 53

Networking: The Way Forward 55

The Subversive Power of Cooperation 56

Fluid Structures 58

6 Theology from the Bottom Up 60

The Paradigm Shift 61

Theological Confidence 65

Theological Bridge-Building 67

Part 2 Horizons of Quantum Possibility

7 Calling Forth the Adult in the Twenty-First Century 73

Out of Modernity 74

Characteristics of Contemporary Adulthood 78

The Postmodern, Evolutionary Adult 81

The New Consciousness 84

8 Transformative Learning for the Protean Adult 88

Evolutionary Readiness 88

The Transformative Nexus 91

The Lure of the Future 94

The Beleaguering Mix 96

9 Toward a Spirituality of Homecoming 98

The Spiritual Cosmopolitan 99

The Rise of Violent Spirituality 100

A New Spiritual Metaphor: Homecoming 103

Adult Spirituality 104

10 Stages in Adult Faith Development 109

From the Child to the Adult 110

Adult Faith Development 112

The Journey of Faith 115

When Adults Do Theology 119

11 Expanding Cultural Horizons 121

Our Primal Belonging 122

An Enlarged Context 125

The Bewildering Paradox 127

The Cycle of Creation-and-Destruction 128

Engaging Paradox 129

A Recurring Cycle 130

Suffering as Paradox 131

Revisiting the Paradox 135

12 Embracing Embodied Relationality 139

First, the Body 140

Programed to Relate 143

Embodied Sexuality 145

What Would Adult Eroticism Look Like? 147

Programed for Nonviolence? 150

13 Adult Governance in the Power of Networking 155

Inherited Assumptions 156

The Controlling Power of Money 159

Quantum Theory and the Birth of Networking 163

Networking in the Information Age 166

14 Doing Ritual in an Adult Way 169

People of Ritual 171

Sacramental Experience 174

Ritualizing the Gift of Food 176

The Adult as Ritual Maker 177

15 When Adults Die Gracefully 181

Our Death-Ridden World 182

Reclaiming a More Adult Approach 183

The Dynamics of Death-and of Life! 185

Letting Go into Deeper Freedom 191

Notes 195

Bibliography 199

Index 205

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