The Juvenilization of American Christianity

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The Juvenilization of American Christianity


Pop worship music. Falling in love with Jesus. Mission trips. Wearing jeans and T-shirts to church. Spiritual searching and church hopping. Faith-based political activism. Seeker-sensitive outreach. These now-commonplace elements of American church life all began as innovative ways to reach young people, yet they have gradually become accepted as important parts of a spiritual ideal for all ages. What on earth has happened? In The Juvenilization of American Christianity Thomas Bergler traces the way in which, over seventy-five years, youth ministries have breathed new vitality into four major American church traditions -- African American, Evangelical, Mainline Protestant, and Roman Catholic. Bergler shows too how this "juvenilization" of churches has led to widespread spiritual immaturity, consumerism, and self-centeredness, popularizing a feel-good faith with neither intergenerational community nor theological literacy. Bergler's critique further offers constructive suggestions for taming juvenilization.Watch the trailer: "


  • SKU: 9780802866844
  • SKU10: 0802866840
  • Title: The Juvenilization of American Christianity
  • Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
  • Date Published: Apr 2012
  • Pages: 281
  • Weight lbs: 0.88
  • Dimensions: 8.90" L x 5.90" W x 0.90" H
  • Features: Table of Contents, Index, Bibliography
  • Themes: Chronological Period | 20th Century; Chronological Period | 21st Century;
  • Awards: 2013 Christianity Today Book Award (Award of Merit - Church/Pastoral Leaders)
  • Category: CHURCH HISTORY
  • Subject: Christian Church - History