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Against the Stream: The Adoption of Traditional Christian Faiths by Young Adults (Hardback)
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Against the Stream: The Adoption of Traditional Christian Faiths by Young Adults (Hardback)

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Hardback 146 Pages / Published: 19/02/1997
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Against the Stream examines the phenomenon of young adult conversion and return to traditional Christian religiosity. The book is based on 50 case studies of young adults who have converted or returned to three tradition-based faiths: conservative and traditionalist Roman Catholicism; the conservative Reformed (or Calvinist) tradition; and Eastern Orthodoxy. The book provides an account of these young adults' beliefs as well as how they relate their faith to everyday life and social issues, and illuminates the challenges of adhering to religious traditions in a society shaped by pluralism and religious consumerism. These young adults are going "against the stream" by refusing to take a pick-and-choose approach to religious beliefs. Choice plays a major role in how these young adults adopt and adapt these faiths to their lives. Such selective retrievals of tradition for these young adults provide benefits and solutions for the ills and dislocations created by modernity, such as the fragmentation, secularism, and politicization of society. Co-published with Religion Watch.

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761805748
Number of pages: 146
Weight: 336 g
Dimensions: 223 x 144 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
I...found the book deeply engrossing. -- Robert S. Elwood, University of Southern California
...a helpful analysis of a hitherto somewhat neglected set of young adult Christians. -- Robert S. Elwood, University of Southern California * Journal of Contemporary Religion *
...fine collection of contemporary oral histories. -- Joh Pahl, RELIGIOUS STUDIES REVIEW * Journal of Contemporary Religion *
This is an important book on American religion that at the same time is hard to lay down. Anyone fascinated by the changing roles and experiences of religion in contemporary American life will find it intriguing, and the lively stories of ordinary people who have discovered the continuing power of traditional forms of Christianity will keep the pages turning. An eye-opening account of an underappreciated phenomenon. -- Robert Ellwood, University of Southern California
This is an important book on American religion that at the same time is hard to lay down. Anyone fascinated by the changing roles and experiences of religion in contemporary American life will find it intriguing, and the lively stories of ordinary people who have discovered the continuing power of traditional forms of Christianity will keep the pages turning. An eye-opening account of an underappreciated phenomenon. -- Robert Ellwood, University of Southern California
I...found the book deeply engrossing. -- Robert S. Elwood, University of Southern California
...a helpful analysis of a hitherto somewhat neglected set of young adult Christians. -- Robert S. Elwood, University of Southern California * Journal of Contemporary Religion *
...fine collection of contemporary oral histories. -- Joh Pahl, RELIGIOUS STUDIES REVIEW * Journal of Contemporary Religion *

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