Faith Formation in a Secular Age: Responding to the Church's Obsession with Youthfulness
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Questioning "new and improved" programs that distort authentic Christianity in order to keep young people in the church, Andrew Root articulates how we can instead help them experience God in our secular age. He provides an understanding of the "nones" and "moralistic therapeutic deism"; and explores Paul's idea of faith as encounter with divine action.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0801098467
ISBN-13: 9780801098468
Series: Ministry in a Secular Age

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The loss or disaffiliation of young adults is a much-discussed topic in churches today. Many faith-formation programs focus on keeping the young, believing the youthful spirit will save the church. But do these programs have more to do with an obsession with youthfulness than with helping young people encounter the living God?

Questioning the search for new or improved faith-formation programs, leading practical theologian Andrew Root offers an alternative take on the issue of youth drifting away from the church and articulates how faith can be formed in our secular age. He offers a theology of faith constructed from a rich cultural conversation, providing a deeper understanding of the phenomena of the "nones" and "moralistic therapeutic deism." Root helps readers understand why forming faith is so hard in our context and shows that what we have lost is not the ability to keep people connected to our churches but an imagination for how and where God could be present in their lives. He considers what faith is and what steps we can take to move into it, exploring a Pauline concept of faith as encounter with divine action.

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Andrew Root (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has authored numerous books, including Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker, The Children of Divorce, Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry, and Relationships Unfiltered, and coauthored (with Kenda Creasy Dean) The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry.

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