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After Heaven: Spirituality in America Since the 1950's [Paperback]

By Robert Wuthnow (Author)
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The evolution of American spirituality over the past fifty years is the subject of Robert Wuthnow's engrossing new book. Wuthnow uses in-depth interviews and a broad range of resource materials to show how Americans, from teenagers to senior citizens, define their spiritual journeys. His findings are a telling reflection of the changes in beliefs and lifestyles that have occurred throughout the United States in recent decades.
Wuthnow reconstructs the social and cultural reasons for an emphasis on a spirituality of "dwelling" (houses of worship, denominations, neighborhoods) during the 1950s. Then in the 1960s a spirituality of "seeking" began to emerge, leading individuals to go beyond established religious institutions. In subsequent chapters Wuthnow examines attempts to reassert spiritual discipline, encounters with the sacred (such as angels and near-death experiences), and the development of the "inner self." His final chapter discusses a spirituality of "practice," an alternative for people who are uncomfortable within a single religious community and who want more than a spirituality of endless seeking.
The diversity of contemporary American spirituality comes through in the voices of the interviewees. Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, and Native Americans are included, as are followers of occult practices, New Age religions, and other eclectic groups. Wuthnow also notes how politicized spirituality, evangelical movements, and resources such as Twelve-Step programs and mental health therapy influence definitions of religious life today.
Wuthnow's landmark book, "The Restructuring of American Religion" (1988), documented the changes in institutional religion in the United States; now "After Heaven" explains the changes in personal spirituality that have come to shape our religious life. Moreover, it is a compelling and insightful guide to understanding American culture at century's end.

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After Heaven: Spirituality in America Since the 1950's by Robert Wuthnow has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 67
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books - 01/01/1998 page 47

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Item Specifications...

Studio: University of California Press
Pages   286
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.66"
Weight:   0.81 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 20, 2000
Publisher   University of California Press
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0520222288  
ISBN13  9780520222281  

Availability  141 units.
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More About Robert Wuthnow

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Robert Wuthnow is the Gerhard R. Andlinger '52 Professor of Social Sciences and director of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University.

Robert Wuthnow currently resides in the state of New Jersey. Robert Wuthnow has an academic affiliation as follows - Princeton University.

Robert Wuthnow has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Presbyterian Presence: The Twentieth-Century Experience
  2. Studies in Church and State

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1Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States > 20th Century > 1945 - Present
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History > General
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Church History
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > History
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Spirituality > General
7Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Spirituality

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american pastiche religion - trenchant, hopeful analysis  Oct 2, 1998
Robert Wuthnow is the most prolific and most interesting contemporary sociologist of religion, delving again into the ambiguous heart of American spirituality. This study is certainly the most accessible, popular analysis of religious trends since the 1950s, with a startlingly convincing interpretation of how attitudes about religion and spirituality have changed in the post-modern era. Read this and await his next study. Wuthnow's done a great service to our understanding of what sometimes seems to be a most perplexing trend from domestic religion to a kind of amorphous, inauthentic spirituality of seeking.

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