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Passing on the Faith

Edited by James L. Heft

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226474
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236640 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823226474.001.0001

Series: Abrahamic Dialogues

Passing on the Faith

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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 book reports on the religious lives of young people in today's world. It is also a unique inventory of creative and thoughtful responses from churches, synagogues, and mosques working to keep religion a significant force in those lives. 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. Part Two presents 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 practices” developed 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 Taizé.

Keywords: religious identity; faith; secular culture; global consumerism; personal technology; pluralism; individualism; religiosity; organized religion; young people

Book.  334 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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