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The Transformation of American Religion: How We Actually Live Our Faith

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American religion—like talk of God—is omnipresent. Popular culture is awash in religious messages, from the singing cucumbers and tomatoes of the animated VeggieTales series to the bestselling "Left Behind" books to the multiplex sensation The Passion of the Christ. In The Transformation of American Religion, sociologist Alan Wolfe argues that the popularity of these carto ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by University Of Chicago Press (first published April 1st 2003)
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Simcha Wood
May 11, 2011 Simcha Wood rated it really liked it
As expressed in its subtitle, The Transformation of American Religion sets out to explore "how we actually live our faith." This project is carried out in a respectably thorough manner through an analysis of both statistical and anecdotal evidence, all of which Alan Wolfe argues leads us toward a picture of American religion as something that has become "more personalized and individualistic, less doctrinal and devotional, more practical and purposeful, and increasingly at home with the culture ...more
Seph
Feb 22, 2011 Seph rated it really liked it
Wolfe, an unbeliever at the time of authorship, gives chilling insights to the way Americans practice religion (broad evangelicalism and beyond). It is amazing how one from outside the fray can so astutely critique broad issues that we fail to see. He calls the mega church the servant of pop culture, the "conservative" church narcissistic and he delves into the trends that have led churches here among many other intriguing things.

Let's pray for Wolfe's salvation in spite of our failure to live o
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Chuck Bonadies
May 26, 2011 Chuck Bonadies rated it liked it
Wolfe gives the perspective of American religion (mainly, though not exclusively Christianity) from the eyes of an unbeliever. The author's best insight is on individualism in American religion, something that we take for granted and rarely challenge.

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Jul 03, 2009 Marc added it
well done but depressing. will relieve any concerns you have about true believers, just true self deluders
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Jan 17, 2008 Sally rated it really liked it
An empirical, sociological approach to what church-going Americans actually practice and believe.
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