Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape by David YamaneBecoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape by David Yamane

Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape

byDavid Yamane

Hardcover | March 14, 2014

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Conversion has been an essential element of Christianity, and especially of Roman Catholicism, for centuries - from the Apostle Paul's dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus to the spiritual transformations of such prominent modern individuals as Cardinal Newman, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton,Thomas Merton, and G.K. Chesterton. In a 1926 essay, Chesterton expressed reluctance to describe his conversion, on account of "a strong feeling that this method makes the business look much smaller than it really is." As David Yamane shows in Becoming Catholic, the business was not only spiritually but literally very large, and growing ever larger: roughly 150,000 Americans join the Catholic Church each year, and more than one in fifty American adults is a Catholic convert. Altogether, these 5.85 millionindividuals are the fifth-largest religious group in America. In this first significant study of the phenomenon of Roman Catholic conversion in the contemporary United States, Yamane provides an in-depth look at the process of adult initiation in the twenty-first century Catholic Church, includingthe new process of spiritual formation - called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) - that was ushered in by Vatican II. The RCIA process, which has become an integral part of Catholic parish life, takes individuals on a journey through four distinct, formative periods, punctuated byelaborate ritual transitions, before they are finally baptized at Easter. Drawing on years of observational fieldwork and candid interviews with more than 200 individuals undergoing the initiation process, Yamane follows would-be Catholics through all four stages of the RCIA and offers an incisive new perspective on what it means to choose Catholicism in Americatoday.
David Yamane teaches sociology at Wake Forest University. His primary scholarly interest is the sociology of organized religion, particularly Roman Catholicism in the postwar United States.
Title:Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious LandscapeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:March 14, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsNotes on Terminology and SourcesIntroduction: Becoming Catholic in America1. Vatican II and the Reinvention of Adult InitiationPrelude - Diane Gall: Finding a Home in Catholicism2. The Circumstantial Convert as Moral ActorPrelude - St. Mary's and St. Mark's: A Tale of Two Parishes3. Visions of Catholicism in RCIA CatechesisPrelude - The Rite of Election: Through the Cathedral to Purification and Enlightenment4. Liturgy, Experience, and FormationPrelude - St. Innocent: ''A People Destined For Heaven Is Born Here From Holy Seed''5. Objective and Subjective Incorporation through the Sacraments of InitiationPrelude - Mystagogy: The End and The Beginning6. The Difference It MakesConclusion: Catholic Initiation as . . .NotesIndex