Baby Boomers and the Remaking of American Religion
By (author) Wade Clark Roof
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Spiritual Marketplace by Wade Clark Roof
Book DescriptionIn large chain bookstores the "religion" section is gone and in its place is an expanding number of topics including angels, Sufism, journey, recovery, meditation, magic, inspiration, Judaica, astrology, gurus, Bible, prophesy, evangelicalism, Mary, Buddhism, Catholicism, and esoterica. As Wade Clark Roof notes, such changes over the last two decades reflect a shift away from religion as traditionally understood to more diverse and creative approaches. But what does this splintering of the religious perspective say about Americans? Have we become more interested in spiritual concerns or have we become lost among trends? Do we value personal spirituality over traditional religion and no longer see ourselves united in a larger community of faith? Roof first credited this religious diversity to the baby boomers in his bestselling A Generation of Seekers (1993). He returns to interview many of these people, now in mid-life, to reveal a generation with a unique set of spiritual values--a generation that has altered our historic interpretations of religious beliefs, practices, and symbols, and perhaps even our understanding of the sacred itself. The quest culture created by the baby boomers has generated a "marketplace" of new spiritual beliefs and practices and of revisited traditions. As Roof shows, some Americans are exploring faiths and spiritual disciplines for the first time; others are rediscovering their lost traditions; others are drawn to small groups and alternative communities; and still others create their own mix of values and metaphysical beliefs. Spiritual Marketplace charts the emergence of five subcultures: dogmatists, born-again Christians, mainstream believers, metaphysical believers and seekers, and secularists. Drawing on surveys and in-depth interviews for over a decade, Roof reports on the religious and spiritual styles, family patterns, and moral vision and values for each of these subcultures. The result is an innovative, engaging approach to understanding how religious life is being reshaped as we move into the next century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691089966
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 2-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Wade Clark Roof
Post-war Generation and the Establishment of Religion, Paperback (September 1998)
A comparative analysis of the impact of the post-war "Baby-Boom" generation on Christianity around the world. Taking a cross-cultural approach, the contributors examine ten advanced countries and explore the ways baby-boomers have helped reshape and redefine Christian institutions.
Work, Family and Religion in Contemporary Society, Paperback (September 1995)
The book illustrates how changing families and flexible congregations are experimenting with new forms of religious life.
Beyond Establishment, Paperback (February 1993)» View all books by Wade Clark Roof
A novel, cultural approach to studying mainline denominations. Focusing on each denomination's religious and moral vision--the beliefs, values, symbols, and style that makes it distinct--this book features contributions from a variety of authors, historians, scholars, educators, anthropologists, and liturgists.
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Author Biography - Wade Clark Roof
Wade Clark Roof, a well-known commentator on religious trends in the United States is the J. F. Rowny Professor of Religion and Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of many books, including A Generation of Seekers: The Spiritual Lives of the Baby Boom Generation.
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