Shopping for Faith: American Religion in the New Millennium / Edition 1

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Overview

Shopping for Faith is as good as it gets in assessing the U.S. religion scene at millennium's end. Cimino and Lattin present a picture of multiple trends headed in often contradictory directions.
Robert Ellwood, emeritus professor of religion, University of Southern California

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Cimino (editor of Religion Newswatch) and Lattin (religion writer for the San Francisco Chronicle) undertake the uncertain business of predicting the course of religion in America, studying current trends and projecting them into the future. Anyone looking for a good description of the current state of American religion should find this book helpful. The authors examine the rise of Protestant megachurches, growth in the number of female clergy, mixing of Eastern and Western traditions, choices between traditional and contemporary worship forms, and more. The title refers to the impact of consumerism on religion as people shop for religious or spiritual fulfillment. Filled with interesting real-life stories and provocative projections, this book is recommended for all libraries.--John Moryl, Yeshiva Univ. Lib., New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787961046
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/29/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST PBK
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,405,880
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD CIMINO is editor and publisher of the much-quoted newsletter, Religion Watch (http://www.religionwatch.com), which monitors trAnds and research in contemporary religion. He has worked extensively as a researcher and freelance writer for various publications, including Christian Century and Religion News Service. He is the author of Against the Stream: The Adoption of Traditional Christian Faiths by Young Adults.

DON LATTIN is the award-winning religion writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Over the past twenty years he has interviewed thousands of Americans about their religious heritage and spiritual search. He was a fellow at the Program in Religious Studies for Journalists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has also taught religion reporting at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Table of Contents

Preface

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

Afterword 187

Notes 191

Bibliography 205

List of Link Page Headings 215

Index 217

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