The Leisure of Worship and the Worship of Leisure

Jack Miles

in Passing on the Faith

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226474
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236640 | DOI:

Series: Abrahamic Dialogues

The Leisure of Worship and the Worship of Leisure

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This chapter addresses the question of why young people in the United States between the ages of eighteen and thirty tend to drift away from the religions of their family heritage. It argues that in the United States the encounter of religion with secularism has been overtaken by the encounter of both with American consumerism. Consumerism is as subversive of, and yet as compatible with, secularism as it is with religion. It is consumerism, then, rather than secularism as traditionally understood that gains when organized religion loses.

Keywords: American youth; religious beliefs; religious life; secularism; consumerism

Chapter.  6853 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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