In George Barna's provocative new book he identifies seven major "faith tribes" he believes most affect and influence the direction of America's economy, politics and moral values. The Seven Faith Tribes documents who they are, what they are passionate about, what they believe, how they vote and why it matters. Most importantly, Barna details their potential to change America. Through in-depth study of these "tribes" (Captive Christians, Casual Christians, Jews, Mormons, Pantheists, Muslims & Skeptics) Barna research has identified potential strategies that, if employed by these groups, could facilitate the healing and restoration of American culture, and cultures all across the globe. A masterful analysis!
America is careening down a slippery slope of narcissism and materialism, argues Barna, a renowned Christian pollster and author of more than 40 books. Rising divorce rates, lukewarm religious faith, pervasive moral relativism, and the substitution of alternative worldviews for the traditional Judeo-Christian version have all contributed to the nations self-destruction. While the standard-issue declension narrative that occupies Barnas rather dreadful opening chapters isnt very promising, readers can find their own suggestive nuggets in the body of the book, where his research is on display. Drawing on a composite of his organizations statistical surveys, he groups Americans into seven basic faith tribes to explore their role in the nations decline and possible renaissance. Scholars of religion will have many quibbles with the groupings into seven rough tribes (non-theistic Buddhists are bundled with the pantheists, for example, and Barna seems to conflate the Nation of Islam with mainstream Islam). Many readers will disagree with the sweeping final chapters on where America should go from here, but even critics will find that Barnas research yields fascinating tidbits. As such, it is a useful snapshot of Americas religiosityor lack thereof. (May) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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