Generation of Seekers: The Spiritual Journeys of the Baby Boom Generation

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Baby Boomers comprise over one third of the population, and however elusive it may be, there is something called a "boomer culture" - including a search far spiritual style. In this monumental study, premier sociologist Wade Clark Roof uses the life stories of prototypical boomers to reveal the soul of a generation that now embodies our new leaders in politics, business, and education. Encapsulated in these stories is a sense of a generation's spiritual and religious experience while it searches for its own ...
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Overview

Baby Boomers comprise over one third of the population, and however elusive it may be, there is something called a "boomer culture" - including a search far spiritual style. In this monumental study, premier sociologist Wade Clark Roof uses the life stories of prototypical boomers to reveal the soul of a generation that now embodies our new leaders in politics, business, and education. Encapsulated in these stories is a sense of a generation's spiritual and religious experience while it searches for its own distinctive style in an uncertain world. A generation born over the span of years from 1946 to 1964, baby boomers include those growing up during the turbulent 1960s, in the mid-to-late 1970s during a time of evangelical and charismatic revival, and still others in the 1980s, with its smorgasbord of New Age spiritualities. With a population of seventy-six million, boomers defy easy generalizations about their beliefs and practices, but they are the generation that is altering the religious landscape of America in the 1990s. At every stage in their life cycle, boomers have had, and continue to have, a dominating influence on how Americans live and think and believe. Already being utilized by religious and social leaders, marketers, and media specialists, Roof's research, presented with intimate portraits and incisive analysis, reveals a generation of diverse seekers who share surprising commonalities. They value experience over beliefs, distrust institutions and leaders, stress personal fulfillment over community, and are fluid in their allegiances. Now in their thirties and forties, boomers, states Roof in his introduction, "are no longer, if ever most of them were, to be thought of as the 'Me Generation' caught up in their own selfish pursuits; instead, this is a maturing generation of individuals concerned not just with their inner lives, but with their outer lives. We sense that they are reaching out to commit themselves to something of importance, yearni
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060669638
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 304

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Stories 9
1 The Lives of Seven Boomers 11
2 A Time When Mountains Were Moving 32
Pt. 2 Spirit 61
3 Mollie's Quest 63
4 Walking with the Lord 89
5 Across a Great Spiritual Divide 117
Pt. 3 Institution 149
6 Returning to the Fold 151
7 Cultures and Congregations 182
8 "It's Hard to Find a Religion You Can Believe Totally In" 213
Pt. 4 Conclusion 239
9 Transforming America's Religious Landscape 241
Epilogue 263
Appendix: Data and Methods 265
Notes 269
Index 286
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