Passing on the Faith: Transforming Traditions for the Next Generation of Jews, Christians, and Muslims by James L. Heft, S.M.Passing on the Faith: Transforming Traditions for the Next Generation of Jews, Christians, and Muslims by James L. Heft, S.M.

Passing on the Faith: Transforming Traditions for the Next Generation of Jews, Christians, and…

EditorJames L. Heft, S.M.

Paperback | January 15, 2007

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From the beginning, the Abrahamic faiths - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - have stressed the importance of transmitting religious identity from one generation to the next. Today, that sustaining mission has never been more challenged. Will young people have a faith to guide them? How canfaith traditions anchor religious attachments in this secular, skeptical culture? The fruit of a historic gathering of scholars and religious leaders across three faiths and many disciplines, this important book reports on the religious lives of young people in today's world. It's also a unique inventory of creative and thoughtful responses from churches, synagogues, and mosquesworking to keep religion a significant force in those lives.The essays are grouped thematically. Opening the book, Melchor Sanchez de Toca and Nancy Ammerman explore fundamental issues that have an impact on religion - from the cultural effects of global consumerism and personal technology to pluralism and individualism. In Part Two, leading investigators present three leading studies of religiosity among young people and college students in the United States, illuminating the gap between personal values and organized religion - and the emergence of new, different forms of spirituality and faith. How religious institutions deal with these challenges forms the heart of the book - in portraits of "best practices" developed to revitalize traditional institutions, from a synagogue in New York City and a Muslim youth camp in California to the famed French Catholic community of the late BrotherJohn of Taize. Finally, Jack Miles and Diane Winston weave the findings into a broader perspective of the future of religious belief, practice, and feeling in a changing world. Filled with real-world wisdom, Passing the Faith will be an essential resource for anyone seeking to understand what religions must, and can, do to inspire a vigorous faith in the next generation.
James L. Heft, S.M., is President and Founding Director of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies and University Professor of Faith and Culture and Chancellor at the University of Dayton. He edited Believing Scholars: Ten Catholic Intellectuals and Beyond Violence: Religious Sources for Social Transformation in Judaism, Christiani...
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Title:Passing on the Faith: Transforming Traditions for the Next Generation of Jews, Christians, and…Format:PaperbackDimensions:334 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.01 inPublished:January 15, 2007Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0823226484

ISBN - 13:9780823226481

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"A substantial contribution to the discussion of the faith of the young in contemporary society."