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Title: The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy
Author: Colleen Carroll (Campbell)
Publisher: Loyola Press
Date Published: April 2004
Price: 19.95 hardcover
Comments: St. Louis Post-Dispatch journalist and OSV columnist Carroll
traveled the country to interview young adults to ascertain how religion fits into
From Publishers Weekly
Carroll's title promises to answer a question that is not new; the decline of
liberal Christianity and the rise of the evangelical movement has been a
source of scholarly and journalistic fascination for more than 20 years. Carroll,
though, gives an up-to-the-minute account of this phenomenon. She spent a year
beginning in 2001 and ending in 2002 conducting research and interviews
around the U.S., and, unlike most treatments of the new American passion for
orthodoxy, hers focuses on the Catholic and Orthodox Churches as well as evangelical
Protestantism. This emphasis on orthodoxy and ancient, liturgical tradition
among young members is both novel and timely. While evangelical Protestant
mega-churches were the big story 15 years ago, record-breaking conversion rates in
conservative Catholic and Orthodox churches are today's headline. Carroll
quotes many young people who yearn for both conservative interpretations of the
Bible and the mystery and symbolism of liturgy. Especially popular among young
orthodox Catholics is the pre-Vatican II practice of Eucharistic adoration,
which involves reverencing a consecrated communion wafer. In her introduction,
Carroll makes brief mention of her identification with the young, conservative
Catholics she features, and this identification shows in analysis that often
bleeds into advocacy. She does occasionally quote critics of the trend toward
orthodoxy, but she never fully explores these dimensions. However, this is a
book that generously and comprehensively examines a group that is often
misunderstood and caricatured.
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From Library Journal
With the help of a Phillips Journalism Fellowship, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
journalist Carroll traveled the country to interview young adults to ascertain
how religion fits into their lives. Most of her interviewees were Catholics or
evangelical Protestants, along with some Orthodox Christians. Carroll found a
turn to the Right in the religious lives of her peers, born between 1965 and
1983; not everyone in this age group is religiously oriented, but those who are
have more often than not turned to traditional beliefs and morality. Among
Catholic priests, for example, the youngest are as traditional as the oldest,
with the baby boomers falling in between. It is not unusual for married couples
in this age group to embrace natural family planning as opposed to artificial
birth control and for singles to reject premarital sex. These young adults are
seeking authoritative guidelines and meaningful commitments. Carroll's
journalistic skills are evident in this very readable volume about a tendency toward
traditionalism that she predicts will spread. Highly recommended.
John Moryl, Yeshiva Univ. Lib., New York
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the
During the past decade, there has been a remarkable resurgence of religious
fervor among members of Generation X. Born into privilege and prosperity, many
of these young people are now searching for spiritual, rather than
materialistic, fulfillment. They are finding answers to their questions in a relatively
new style of Christian Orthodoxy. Conservative churches are attracting droves
of new members seeking both substance and sustenance. Not content to merely
practice their faith privately, many of the newly committed embrace a more
evangelical and action-oriented approach to worship. Based on countless interviews
with young adults across the country, this exploration probes beneath the
surface of Christian Orthodoxy, analyzing the root causes and the diverse
consequences of this new religious movement. Margaret Flanagan
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refers to the Hardcover edition.
Wall Street Journal
Carroll combines first-hand reporting with social-science metrics to examine
a remarkable trend toward religious orthodoxy among Americans...
Önovel and timely... a book that generously and comprehensively examines a
group that is often misunderstood and caricatured.
Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR, author, Journey Towards God
Öyou canít afford to leave this book unread.
Publisher's Weekly, July 15, 2002
...novel and timely...this is a book that generously and comprehensively
examines a group that is often misunderstood and caricatured. --This text refers
to the Hardcover edition.
Now in Paperback! Born between 1965 and 1983, the young adults of Generation
X grew up in an era of unprecedented wealth and consumerism. Rebelling against
the liberal family, social, and academic environments in which they were
raised, some have made strengthening their faith a priority.
The New Faithful is a groundbreaking book that examines the growing trend
toward religious orthodoxy among todayís young adults. Author and journalist
Colleen Carroll offers strong opinions on how this movement might transform an
American society steeped in moral relativism and secularism.
Blending investigative journalism with in-depth analysis, Carroll seeks the
reasons behind the choice of orthodoxy in a society that often denigrates
traditional morality and rejects organized religion.
About the Author
Colleen Carroll is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a
speechwriter to President George W. Bush. She has also contributed to a wide variety of
publications including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Memphis Commercial Appeal,
and Washingtonian magazine. She currently resides in St. Louis.
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