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Being Catholic in a Culture of Choice (Michael Glazier Books) [Paperback]

By Thomas P. Rausch (Author)
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What will the next generation of Catholics be like? Will they have a strong sense of their identity as Catholic Christians, or will they reflect a more generic Christian identity, without the distinctives associated with Catholicism? Some social commentators suggest that the Catholic identity of young adult Catholics is in jeopardy, with a less ecclesial faith, a "thin" commitment to the institutional church, and a lack of familiarity with the Catholic tradition. Others argue that there are signs that a new generation of younger Catholics is emerging, not all of whom fall easily into the liberal/conservative categories, though many Catholics over fifty tend to dismiss them as conservative, neo-conservative, or even restorationist. Thomas Rausch's book examines a number of recent studies of young adult Catholics as well as different ways that being Catholic is developed and supported, from the Catholic imagination to a reexamination of Christian origins in the light of the charges made in The Da Vinci Code, to the domestic church and Catholic colleges and universities.

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What will the next generation of Catholics be like? Will they have a strong sense of their identity as Catholic Christians, or will they reflect a more generic Christian identity, without the distinctives associated with Catholicism?

Some social commentators suggest that the Catholic identity of young adult Catholics is in jeopardy, with a less ecclesial faith, a thin commitment to the institutional church, and alack of familiarity with the Catholic tradition. Others argue that there are signs that a new generation of younger Catholics is emerging, not al of whom fall easily into the liberal/conservative categories, though many Catholics over fifty tend to dismiss them as conservative, neo-conservative, or even restorationist.

Thomas Rausch's book examines a number of recent studies of young adult Catholics as well as different ways that being Catholic is developed and supported, from the Catholic imagination to a reexamination of Christian origins in the light of the charges made in The Da Vinci Code, to the domestic church and Catholic colleges and universities.

"Thomas P. Rausch, SJ, PhD, is the T. Marie Chilton Professor of Catholic Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He is the author of "Towards a Truly Catholic Church, Who is Jesus?, Catholicism in the Third Millennium," and editor of the bestselling "The College Student's Introduction to Theology," al published by Liturgical Press."

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Studio: Michael Glazier Books
Pages   123
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.44 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 30, 2006
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814659845  
ISBN13  9780814659847  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Thomas P. Rausch, SJ, is the T. Marie Chilton Professor of Catholic Theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles He is author of numerous books, including "Being Catholic in a Culture of Choice" (2006), "I Believe in God: A Reflection on the Apostles' Creed" (2008), and "Educating for Faith and Justice: Catholic Higher Education Today" (2010), all published by Liturgical Press.

Thomas P. Rausch currently resides in the state of California.

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how to maintain and practice one's Catholicism in today's culture  Dec 1, 2006
Enumerating the main attributes of Catholic identity as "an ecclesial faith, a visible, hierarchal church, a sacramental imagination, a theology that seeks to integrate both faith and reason, and a strong communal sense," Rausch, a theology professor at Loyola Marymount U. in Los Angeles, explores ways to keep these whole and vital in a postmodern time of global influences and wide range of personal choices. To embody fundamental traditions, distinct eternal values, undeniable elements of history, and recognize though not necessarily reflect social developments and mores, meaningful Catholicism cannot be simply a pastiche or an option. Written for Catholics of all ages though for the younger generations in particular, the work imparts general guidance and counsel while also confronting contemporary circumstances such as the popularity of the movie "Da Vinci Code," abortion, and the notion of "spirituality" overshadowing the concept of religion and faith. In a tone free of either worry or authoritarianism, but palpably rooted in shared concerns and questions, Rausche offers Catholics somewhat at sea in the constantly busy, media-driven culture readily accessible ways to strengthen and as they wish express their religion.
 
Young Adults and Catholic Identity  Nov 2, 2006
Rausch opens by introducing a number of surveys and four recent studies on young adult Catholic attitudes toward spirituality and religion. Many young Catholics reportedly see little connection between religion and spirituality; consider being Catholic an accident of birth or personal preference; and are barely distinguishable from mainline Protestants. One conclusion Rausch draws from these data is that even young adult Catholics who have a strong attachment to their faith "need to become more familiar with the rich cultural and intellectual tradition of the Church. Catholicism is a way of life, not just another church."

Succeeding chapters look at the upcoming generation of Catholic theologians; popularity of books like "The Da Vinci Code" and "Chicken Soup for the Soul"; and the role of family and Catholic educational institutions in defining a Catholic identity for young people. Catholic identity is characterized by ecclesial faith; a visible, hierarchical church; a sacramental imagination (ways in which we experience the holy); a theology that seeks to integrate both faith and reason; and a strong communal sense. To help readers better understand the concept, Rausch provides a table comparing Catholic and Protestant "imagination."

Overall, this resource is filled with thought-provoking information and reflections, any of which could be the basis for discussion among Church leaders, parish staff, and members of faith-sharing groups.
 

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