Post-War Generation and the Establishment of Religion

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Overview


This is the first book to offer a comparative analysis of the impact of the post-war ”Baby Boom” generation on Christianity around the world. Taking a cross-cultural approach, the contributors examine ten advanced countries, including England, France, Germany, Australia, and the United States, and explore the ways baby boomers have helped reshape and redefine ”establishment religions” – that is, the dominant, primarily Christian institutions. Their conclusions are broad and far-reaching, shedding light on the fate of religion in other countries now modernizing and those countries moving through the modern to the postmodern. Sociologists, historians, and scholars of religion will profit from the insights put forth here on religion in a postmodern context.
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A comparative analysis of the impact of the "Baby Boom" generation on Christianity around the world. Taking a cross-cultural approach, the contributors examine ten developed countries, including England, France, Germany, Australia, and the US, and explore the ways baby boomers have helped reshape and redefine "establishment religions"--that is, the dominant, primarily Christian institutions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813367125
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 0.69 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Wade Clark Roof is the J.F. Rowny Professor of Religion and Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Jackson W. Carroll is the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Professor of Religion at Duke University Divinity School. David A. Roozen is director of the Center for Social and Religious Research at Hartford Seminary. Wade Clark Roof is the J.F. Rowny Professor of Religion and Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Jackson W. Carroll is the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Professor of Religion at Duke University Divinity School. David A. Roozen is director of the Center for Social and Religious Research at Hartford Seminary. Wade Clark Roof is the J.F. Rowny Professor of Religion and Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Jackson W. Carroll is the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Professor of Religion at Duke University Divinity School. David A. Roozen is director of the Center for Social and Religious Research at Hartford Seminary.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1 The Post-War Generation and Establishment Religion in England 1
2 Baby Boomers Downunder: The Case of Australia 27
3 Fifty Years of Religious Change in the United States 59
4 Tradition and Change in the Nordic Countries 87
5 The Post-War Generations and Institutional Religion in Germany 113
6 The Case of the Netherlands 131
7 The Case of French Catholicism 151
8 The Surviving Dominant Catholic Church in Belgium: A Consequence of Its Popular Religious Practices? 171
9 From Institutional Catholicism to "Christian Inspiration": Another Look at Belgium 191
10 Religion and the Post-War Generation in Italy 207
11 The Orthodox Church and the Post-War Religious Situation in Greece 225
12 Conclusion: The Post-War Generation - Carriers of a New Spirituality 243
About the Editors and Contributors 257
References 259
About the Book 291
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