ISBN-10:
0195314840
ISBN-13:
9780195314847
Pub. Date:
07/15/2010
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church

Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church

by Kenda Creasy Dean
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ISBN-13: 9780195314847
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 07/15/2010
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 188,374
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kenda Creasy Dean is Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture, at Princeton Theological Seminary. She worked on the National Study of Youth and Religion and is the author of several books, including The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending in Youth Ministry and Practicing Passion: Youth and the Quest for a Passionate Church.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Section One: Worshipping at the Church of Benign Whatever-ism
1. Becoming Christian-ish
2. The Triumph of the "Cult of Nice"
Section Two: Claiming a Peculiar God-Story
3. Mormon Envy: Sociological Tools for Consequential Faith
4. Generative Faith: Faith That Bears Fruit
5. Recovering a Missional Imagination: We Are Not Here for Ourselves
Section Three: Cultivating Consequential Faith
6. Parents Matter Most: The Art of Translation
7. Going Viral for Jesus: The Art of Testimony
8. Hanging Loose: The Art of Detachment
9. Make No Small Plans: A Case for Hope

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Almost Christian 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
LeAnneH More than 1 year ago
In Almost Christian, Dean attempts to answer this question left hanging in Christian Smith and Melinda Denton¿s Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teens (Oxford University Press, 2005): Why do so many church kids abandon religious practice as young adults? Dean blames the church, including parents, for not challenging young people with a content-rich faith that reaches out in service to the world around us. Despite the historic doctrines of our churches, we have failed to model for our children a vital Christology that impacts everyday realities. It is easy to ¿believe¿ while reducing faith to what Dean calls ¿Moralistic Therapeutic Deism¿: there is a God, and he wants us to be nice and to feel good about ourselves. This twenty-first century version of American Civic Religion serves the purpose of helping us to get along in a democracy, but it completely misses the essence of Christianity¿God becoming a human being to suffer with us, die for us, change us and send us into a fallen world to reclaim it for the Kingdom of God. Dean¿s solution does not start with teens. It requires transforming the faith of parents and the church community to model the vitality we want to see in our children. This book is a must-read for youth workers and strongly suggested for parents before their kids get to be teens. It renewed my vision for teaching 4th to 6th grade Sunday school. I want them to see in me a faith worth hanging onto for a lifetime.
ellison61 More than 1 year ago
Culled from a survey this shares that children exhibit the faith of their parents, though a mission trip to a poor country can also impact them. Mentions a faith that creates quite faithful children. Insightful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for all parents and youth workers. This book gives a diagnosis to the mass exodus that has been happening in the church among 18-35 year old members. Moralistic Therapeutic Deism is what we have taught for many years. Until we know the diagnosis, there is no hope for a cure. Please buy this book and read it. Buy more copies and force those in ministry to read it too!
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