Title: The Juvenilization of American Christianity
Publisher: Eerdmans, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2012
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Very Good
About this title
Synopsis:Pop worship music. Falling in love with Jesus. Mission trips. Wearing jeans and T-shirts to church. Spiritual searching and church hopping. Faith-based political activism. Seeker-sensitive outreach. These now-commonplace elements of American church life all began as innovative ways to reach young people, yet they have gradually become accepted as important parts of a spiritual ideal for all ages. What on earth has happened?
In The Juvenilization of American Christianity Thomas Bergler traces the way in which, over seventy-five years, youth ministries have breathed new vitality into four major American church traditions — African American, Evangelical, Mainline Protestant, and Roman Catholic. Bergler shows too how this “juvenilization” of churches has led to widespread spiritual immaturity, consumerism, and self-centeredness, popularizing a feel-good faith with neither intergenerational community nor theological literacy. Bergler’s critique further offers constructive suggestions for taming juvenilization.
About the Author: Thomas E. Bergler is associate professor of ministry andmissions at Huntington University, Huntington, Indiana,where he has taught youth ministry for ten years. He alsoserves as senior associate editor for The Journal of YouthMinistry.
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