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American religion flourishes in a consumer culture, and presents us with a bewildering array of choices as we navigate the shopping mall of faith.
The authors identify dozens of trends which will shape American religion in the next century and bring together the latest research and intimate portraits of Americans describing their beliefs, their religious heritage, and their spiritual search.
With warmth and style the authors document how consumerism shapes religious practice -- from conservative evangelical worship to the most esoteric New Age workshop.
Introduction: Belief in America 1
Part 1 Searching for Self and Spirit
1 The Divorce Between Spirituality and Religion 9
2 Varieties of Spirituality 17
3 Bringing Spirit to Life 31
Postscript: American Spirituality - Mystical and Practical 49
Part 2 Searching for Community
4 Congregations and Consumers 55
5 Congregations on the Cutting Edge 76
6 Religion in the Post-Denominational Era 95
Postscript: Evangelism - Not Just for Evangelicals 124
Part 3 Searching for Common Culture
7 The Politics of Faith 131
8 Culture Wars, Social Peace 143
9 Emerging Social Issues 158
Postscript: Personal Faith, Public Life 183
List of Link Page Headings 215