Being Catholic in a Culture of Choice  -     By: Thomas P. Rausch
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Being Catholic in a Culture of Choice

Liturgical Press / 2006 / Paperback

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What will the next generation of Catholics be like? Will they have a strong sense of their identity as Catholic Christians, or will they reflect a more generic Christian identity, without the distinctives associated with Catholicism? Some social commentators suggest that the Catholic identity of young adult Catholics is in jeapody, with a less ecclesial faith, a "thin" commitment to the institutional Church, and a lack of familiarity with the Catholic tradition. This book argues in the midst of a contemporary culture of choice a robust Catholicism that will still speak to its world.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Liturgical Press
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0814659845
ISBN-13: 9780814659847
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What will the next generation of Catholics be like? Will they have a strong sense of their identity as Catholic Christians, or will they reflect a more generic Christian identity, without the distinctives associated with Catholicism?

Some social commentators suggest that the Catholic identity of young adult Catholics is in jeopardy, with a less ecclesial faith, a thin commitment to the institutional church, and alack of familiarity with the Catholic tradition. Others argue that there are signs that a new generation of younger Catholics is emerging, not al of whom fall easily into the liberal/conservative categories, though many Catholics over fifty tend to dismiss them as conservative, neo-conservative, or even restorationist.

Thomas Rausch's book examines a number of recent studies of young adult Catholics as well as different ways that being Catholic is developed and supported, from the Catholic imagination to a reexamination of Christian origins in the light of the charges made in The Da Vinci Code, to the domestic church and Catholic colleges and universities.

Thomas P. Rausch, SJ, PhD, is the T. Marie Chilton Professor of Catholic Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He is the author of Towards a Truly Catholic Church, Who is Jesus?, Catholicism in the Third Millennium, and editor of the bestselling The College Student's Introduction to Theology, al published by Liturgical Press.

Author Bio

Thomas P. Rausch, SJ, is the T. Marie Chilton Professor of Catholic Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles He is author of numerous books, including Being Catholic in a Culture of Choice (2006), I Believe in God: A Reflection on the Apostles' Creed (2008), and Educating for Faith and Justice: Catholic Higher Education Today (2010), all published by Liturgical Press.

Editorial Reviews

Father Rausch has made an important contribution to the discussion around mission in Catholic higher education. His books are well worth the effort and those of us concerned with mission owe him a debt of gratitude.

Collegium News

Rausch writes as a university professor who clearly knows the statistics but also can share his experiences working with younger adults.
Catholic News Service

Being Catholic in a Culture of Choice is essential reading for anyone in a pastoral role who deals with young adults.
Liguorian

Rausch has given us an informative and thought-provoking portrait of key issues facing the church in its mission of evangelization, particularly to young United States Catholics. This book is worthwhile and accessible reading for all who have explicit responsibilities for aspects of that evangelization and for everyone with a stake in its success.
American Catholic Studies

. . . carefully sketches differences (with strengths and weaknesses) between various present-day young Catholics and Catholics of previous generations—all of whom now live in a culture of choice. Rausch expects teachers and his other readers not so much to do anything as to understand themselves and the varieties of young people better in the future.
Review for Religious

Rausch offers Catholics somewhat at sea in the constantly busy, media-driven culture readily accessible ways to strengthen and as they wish express their religion.
The Midwest Book Review

Written for Catholics of all ages though for the younger generations in particular, the work imparts general guidance and counsel while also confronting contemporary circumstances . . . In a tone free of either worry or authoritarianism, but palpably rooted in shared concerns and questions, Rausch offers Catholics somewhat at sea in the constantly busy, media-driven culture readily accessible ways to strengthen and as they wish, express their religion.
Midwest Book Review

. . . this resource is filled with thought-provoking information and reflections, any of which could be the basis for discussion among Church leaders, parish staff, and members of faith-sharing groups.
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