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Teresa WatanabeTrying to make sense of the American religious scene on the eve of the new millennium is a courageous enterprise. Bafflingly diverse and in a state of historic flux, American religion today defies easy generalization. Wade Clark Roof, a religion professor at UC Santa Barbara, has tackled the challenge admirably, doing a yeoman's job at compiling vast amounts of often surprising information in his latest book, Spiritual Marketplace: Baby Boomers and the Remaking of American Religion. The book is a follow-up to his widely acclaimed 1993 survey on the spiritual journey of the baby boomers, whom Roof memorably described as "the questers." Roof's new book integrates follow-up data on five religious subgroups--mainstream, born-agains, metaphysical seekers, dogmatists and secularists--with a wealth of secondary source material. He also presents close-up looks at five seekers. The close-up portraits help make the book more reader-friendly.
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