Passing on the Faith: Transforming Traditions for the Next Generation of Jews, Christians, and Muslims

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James L. Heft
Fordham Univ Press, Aug 25, 2009 - Religion - 334 pages
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From the beginning, the Abrahamic faiths-Judaism, Christianity, and Islam-have stressed the importance of transmitting religious identity from one generation to the next. Today, that sustaining mission has never been more challenged. Will young people have a faith to guide them? How can faith traditions anchor religious attachments in this secular, skeptical culture?The fruit of a historic gathering of scholars and religious leaders across three faiths and many disciplines, this important book reports on the religious lives of young people in today's world. It's also a unique inventory of creative and thoughtful responses from churches, synagogues, and mosques working to keep religion a significant force in those lives.The essays are grouped thematically. Opening the book, Melchor Sanchez de Toca and Nancy Ammerman explore fundamental issues that have an impact on religion-from the cultural effects of global consumerism and personal technology to pluralism and individualism. In Part Two, leading investigators present three leading studies of religiosity among young people and college students in the United States, illuminating the gap between personal values and organized religion-and the emergence of new, different forms of spirituality and faith. How religious institutions deal with these challenges forms the heart of the book-in portraits of best practicesdeveloped to revitalize traditional institutions, from a synagogue in New York City and a Muslim youth camp in California to the famed French Catholic community of the late Brother John of Taiz. Finally, Jack Miles and Diane Winston weave the findings into a broader perspective of the future of religious belief, practice, and feeling in a changing world.Filled with real-world wisdom, Passing the Faith will be an essential resource for anyone seeking to understand what religions must, and can, do to inspire a vigorous faith in the next generation.
 

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Heft (faith & culture, Univ. of Dayton; editor,Believing Scholars: Ten Catholic Intellectuals ) and 16 contributors discuss the influence of the Abrahamic religions-Judaism, Christianity, and Islam-on ... Read full review

Contents

Religious Indifference
23
Meeting the Challenges in Twenty
37
Is Moralistic Therapeutic Deism the New Religion
55
Understanding Religious
103
Passing on the Faith to the Next
123
Passing on the Faith to the Next
145
Religious Identity and Belonging Amidst Diversity
162
Passing on the Faith to the Next
185
Making Safe Space for Questioning for Young American
204
SecondGeneration Muslim Immigrants in Detroit
218
The Leisure of Worship and the Worship
247
Closing Observations
264
Notes
275
Contributors
295
Index
301
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James L. Heft, S.M., is President and Founding Director of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies and University Professor of Faith and Culture and Chancellor, University of Dayton. He edited Believing Scholars: Ten Catholic Intellectuals and Beyond Violence: Religious Sources for Social Transformation in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam for Fordham.

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