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The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy #63788 03/13/03 08:53 PM
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Carroll's title promises to answer a question that is not new; the decline of liberal Christianity and the rise of the evangelical movement has been a source of scholarly and journalistic fascination for more than 20 years. Carroll, though, gives an up-to-the-minute account of this phenomenon. She spent a year beginning in 2001 and ending in 2002 conducting research and interviews around the U.S., and, unlike most treatments of the new American passion for orthodoxy, hers focuses on the Catholic and Orthodox Churches as well as evangelical Protestantism. This emphasis on orthodoxy and ancient, liturgical tradition among young members is both novel and timely. While evangelical Protestant mega-churches were the big story 15 years ago, record-breaking conversion rates in conservative Catholic and Orthodox churches are today's headline. Carroll quotes many young people who yearn for both conservative interpretations of the Bible and the mystery and symbolism of liturgy. Especially popular among young orthodox Catholics is the pre-Vatican II practice of Eucharistic adoration, which involves reverencing a consecrated communion wafer. In her introduction, Carroll makes brief mention of her identification with the young, conservative Catholics she features, and this identification shows in analysis that often bleeds into advocacy. She does occasionally quote critics of the trend toward orthodoxy, but she never fully explores these dimensions. However, this is a book that generously and comprehensively examines a group that is often misunderstood and caricatured.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/0829416455/qid%3D1047588786/701-2671220-1940361


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Re: The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy #63789 03/14/03 07:34 PM
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This is great news. I, too, believe that the extreme "Christian" liberalism of the 60s and 70s is dying out.

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Re: The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy #63790 03/14/03 07:40 PM
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With the help of a Phillips Journalism Fellowship, St. Louis Post-Dispatch journalist Carroll traveled the country to interview young adults to ascertain how religion fits into their lives. Most of her interviewees were Catholics or evangelical Protestants, along with some Orthodox Christians. Carroll found a turn to the Right in the religious lives of her peers, born between 1965 and 1983; not everyone in this age group is religiously oriented, but those who are have more often than not turned to traditional beliefs and morality. Among Catholic priests, for example, the youngest are as traditional as the oldest, with the baby boomers falling in between. It is not unusual for married couples in this age group to embrace natural family planning as opposed to artificial birth control and for singles to reject premarital sex. These young adults are seeking authoritative guidelines and meaningful commitments. Carroll's journalistic skills are evident in this very readable volume about a tendency toward traditionalism that she predicts will spread. Highly recommended.
John Moryl, Yeshiva Univ. Lib., New York
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During the past decade, there has been a remarkable resurgence of religious fervor among members of Generation X. Born into privilege and prosperity, many of these young people are now searching for spiritual, rather than materialistic, fulfillment. They are finding answers to their questions in a relatively new style of Christian orthodoxy. Conservative churches are attracting droves of new members seeking both substance and sustenance. Not content to merely practice their faith privately, many of the newly committed embrace a more evangelical and action-oriented approach to worship. Based on countless interviews with young adults across the country, this exploration probes beneath the surface of Christian Orthodoxy, analyzing the root causes and the diverse consequences of this new religious movement. Margaret Flanagan
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Re: The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy #63791 03/14/03 07:44 PM
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Dear Teen Logo,

I don't think the Christian liberals are dying out - some of them just come to this Forum smile

Alex

Re: The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy #63792 03/14/03 11:09 PM
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I've got a feeling that "christian orthodoxy" in the context of the book cited may mean "traditional protestant values". That can cover lots of heretical ideas.

Re: The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy #63793 03/15/03 01:28 AM
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That was the comment one reviewer made. The author seems very inconsistent in what "conservatism" is. Conservative Protestant and Orthodox communities that do not have the Catholic hard line on contraception or divorce are mixed in with Catholics who Benediction and Marian devotions would not be welcome in fundementalist Protestantism. I think this proposition needs some more research.

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