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After the Baby Boomers: How Twenty- And Thirty-Somethings Are Shaping the Future of American Religion

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  11 reviews

Much has been written about the profound impact the post-World War II baby boomers had on American religion. But the lifestyles and beliefs of the generation that has followed--and the influence these younger Americans in their twenties and thirties are having on the face of religion--are not so well understood. It is this next wave of post-boomers that Robert Wuthnow exam
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Hardcover, 298 pages
Published August 5th 2007 by Princeton University Press (first published July 16th 2007)
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Susie
Wuthnow follows up on the vast collection of Boomer scholarship by focusing on the next generation. He argues that congregations can be saved despite seemingly dire cirumstances if pastors/leaders pay closer attention to younger adults. He understands the Boomer generation as being defined, not by age like their parents, but by a common experience of the Vietnam War etc... and its affect on personal life. He believes generations are now formed by family and professional life. The life changes of ...more
Christopher Smith
In my opinion, the reason this book has received such a low rating is simply that it was more academic than the reviewers expected. Don't read this book if you're looking for pop-sociology. If you're looking for a piece of serious scholarship on the state of religion in America, however, this is the book for you. (For an academic book on sociology, it's actually quite readable.)

Robert Wuthnow is the most important sociologist of American religion working in the field today, and this book repres
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Koleksi American Corner UGM
Robert Wuthnow, After the Baby Boomers (How Twenty and Thirty Somethings are Shaping the Future of American Religion). (New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2007)

Judul : After the Baby Boomers (How Twenty and Thirty Somethings are Shaping the Future of American Religion)

Penulis/Editor : Robert Wuthnow

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Buku ini membahas tentang bagaimana hubungan antara generasi muda pasca PD II dengan agama-agama yang berkembang di Amerika. Gaya hidup dan kepercayaan mereka selama ini belum cukup d
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Elle
Wuthnow and Chaves crossed my desk as indispensable interpreters of sociological data collected on trends in American religion when I sought to understand the decline of the Mainline church. Both have conducted relevant research and written many titles on American religious trends, and both are fairly readable. Chaves' most recent book, American Religion, has the mercy of being shorter, and this title by Wuthnow, in its greater length, offers more in-depth analysis of similar primary sources--th ...more
Tim
Excellent sociological examination of why the post-baby boom generation is less religiously engaged than previous generations. He sees it coming down to demographics, with later and smaller families meaning an extended young adulthood, and less clear connections to religious traditions, something that hit main-line Protestants much earlier than other groups. Thoughtful, but repetitious, so let me encourage you to skim judiciously.
Drew
I approach this book as a pastor to young adults in a mainline church, so I cannot comment on it from a sociological standpoint. That being said, this is a helpful book for church leaders trying to understand the young adult demographic. The survey analyses provide practical insight into the religious life of today's twenty- and thirty- somethings. As others have noted (and as I usually find in sociology), the info is repetitive and dry at times. Also, a lot of the survey data is incomplete and ...more
Corey
Probably the most objective and well-researched book I've read on the subject. As the author points out, most books about the happenings of young adults in the realm of religion are often based on perceived trends rather than actual research, and is tainted by the anxieties of ministers.

Wuthnow's research reveals some new and interesting insights as well as things that most have known for a while. His scope is more ecumenical and international than most, although he still falls terribly short of
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Heather
The last chapter was everything that I needed to know about this book. Of course, I didn't get there until I had waded through the previous 213 pages. The concept of the book was interesting, but the text of the book itself, I felt, was exceedingly dry. Waaaaay too many statistics in the actual text for me. I was sucked in at the library by the subject, and the catchy chapter titles. Too bad the chapter contents didn't live up to the character of their titles, because this could have been a real ...more
Travis
Still reading this book on church after the baby boomers. There isn't any church/denominational loyalty anymore. I'm really learning a lot about how the market and competition is shaping religion.
Donna Huber
An interesting, dense read. Lots of statistics. Some interesting trends were discussed. I would have liked a little more discussion on what churches could do to address the issues raised.
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