Finding Faith: The Spiritual Quest of the Post- Boomer Generation by Richard FloryFinding Faith: The Spiritual Quest of the Post- Boomer Generation by Richard Flory

Finding Faith: The Spiritual Quest of the Post- Boomer Generation

byRichard FloryAs told byDonald E. Miller

Paperback | February 6, 2008

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Despite the masses still lining up to enter mega-churches with warehouse-like architecture, casually dressed clergy, and pop Christian music, the "Post-Boomer" generation-those ranging in age from twenty to forty-is having second thoughts. In this perceptive look at the evolving face of Christianity in contemporary culture, sociologists Richard Flory and Donald E. Miller argue that we are on the verge of another potential revolution in how Christians worship and associate with one another.

Just as the formative experiences of Baby Boomers were colored by such things as the war in Vietnam, the 1960s, and a dramatic increase in their opportunities for individual expression, so Post-Boomers have grown up in less structured households with working (often divorced) parents. These childhood experiences leave them craving authentic spiritual experience, rather than entertainment, and also cause them to question institutions. Flory and Miller develop a typology that captures four current approaches to the Christian faith and argue that this generation represents a new religious orientation of "expressive communalism," in which they seek spiritual experience and fulfillment in community and through various expressive forms of spirituality, both private and public.
Richard Flory is associate professor of sociology at Biola University in La Mirada, California. Donald E. Miller is Firestone Professor of Religion and executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California.
Title:Finding Faith: The Spiritual Quest of the Post- Boomer GenerationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:February 6, 2008Publisher:Rutgers University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813542731

ISBN - 13:9780813542737


Editorial Reviews

"Finding Faith turns the conventional wisdom about Post-Boomers on its head. Flory and Miller reveal that Post-Boomers are an eclectic-and not entirely individualistic-lot, one for whom meaningful spiritual experiences and connections to a broader religious community are vitally important."