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Losing Our Religion?

Losing Our Religion?
Changing Patterns of Believing and Belonging in Secular Western Societies

by Kevin Ronald Ward

  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release : 2013-10-22
  • Pages : 278
  • ISBN : 1620324113
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"Church-going in most Western societies has declined significantly in the wake of the social and cultural changes that began in the 1960s. Does this mean that people in these societies are losing any religious dimension in their lives, or is it being expressed in other forms and places? This study begins by looking at comparative data on how church-going patterns have changed in five countries--Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand--examining reasons for the decline, how churches have responded to these changes, and why some churches have shown greater resilience. It then explores some of the particular challenges these changes pose for the future of churches in these societies and some of the responses that have been made, drawing on both sociological and theological insights. The conclusion is that, despite the loss of belonging, believing persists and religion continues to play a significant role in these societies, mediated in a variety of diffuse cultural forms. Cases illustrating these changes are largely drawn from New Zealand, which as the country most recently settled by Europeans has always been ""secular"" and thus provides helpful insights."

Losing Our Religion

Losing Our Religion
The Liberal Media's Attack on Christianity

by S. E. Cupp

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2010-04-27
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9781439176450
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"The press has become a tool of oppression—politicized, self–aware, self–motivated, and power–hungry. . . . In short, these people can no longer be trusted." —From S. E. Cupp’s Losing Our Religion It’s time to wake up and smell the bias. The go-to commentator for such programs as Fox News’s Hannity and CNN’s Larry King Live and Reliable Sources, S. E. Cupp is just that—a reliable source for the latest news, trends, and forecasts in young, bright, conservative America. Savvy and outspoken when shattering left-leaning assumptions as she did in Why You’re Wrong About the Right, Cupp now takes on the most pressing threat to the values and beliefs held and practiced by the majority of Americans: the marginalizing of Christianity by the flagrantly biased liberal media. From her galvanizing introduction, you know where S. E. Cupp stands: She’s an atheist. A non-believer. Which makes her the perfect impartial reporter from the trenches of a culture war dividing America and eroding the Judeo-Christian values on which this country was founded. Starting at the top, she exposes the unwitting courtship of President Obama and the liberal press, which consistently misreports or downplays Obama’s clear discomfort with, or blatant disregard for, religious America—from covering up religious imagery in the backdrop of his Georgetown University speech to his absence from events surrounding the National Day of Prayer, to identifying America in his inaugural address as, among other things, "a nation of non-believers." She likens the calculated attacks of the liberal media to a class war, a revolution with a singular purpose: to overthrow God and silence Christian America for good. And she sends out an urgent call for all Americans to push back the leftist propaganda blitz striking on the Internet, radio, television, in films, publishing, and print journalism—or invite the tyrannies of a "mainstream" media set on mocking our beliefs, controlling our decisions, and extinguishing our freedoms. Now, discover the truth behind the war against Christmas—and how political correctness keeps the faithful under wraps . . . the one-sided analyses of Prop 8 and the gay marriage debate . . . the media pot-shots at Sarah Palin’s personal faith . . . the politicization of entertainment mainstays such as American Idol and the Miss USA Pageant . . . and much more. Also included are her penetrating interviews with Dinesh D’Souza, Martha Zoller, James T. Harris, Newt Gingrich, Kevin Madden, and Kevin Williamson of National Review, delivering must-read analyses of the latest stunning lowlights from the liberal media.

Losing Our Religion

Losing Our Religion
How Unaffiliated Parents Are Raising Their Children

by Christel Manning

  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release : 2015-11-20
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 1479874256
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The fastest growing religion in America is—none! One fifth of Americans now list their religion as “none,” up from only 7 percent two decades ago. Among adults under 30, those poised to be the parents of the next generation, fully one third are religiously unaffiliated. Yet these “Nones,” especially parents, still face prejudice in a culture where religion is widely seen as good for your kids. What do Nones believe, and how do they negotiate tensions with those convinced that they ought to provide their children with a religious upbringing? Drawing on survey data and in-depth personal interviews with religiously unaffiliated parents across the country, Christel Manning provides important demographic data on American “Nones” and offers critical nuance to our understanding of the term. She shows that context is crucial in understanding how those without religious ties define themselves and raise their families. Indeed, she demonstrates that Nones hold a wide variety of worldviews, ranging from deeply religious to highly secular, and transmit them in diverse ways. What ties them all together is a commitment to spiritual choice—a belief in the moral equivalence of religions and secular worldviews and in the individual’s right to choose—and it is that choice they seek to pass on to their children. The volume weaves in stories from the author’s interviews throughout, showing how non-religious parents grapple with pressure from their community and how they think about religious issues. Engagingly written and thoroughly researched, Losing Our Religion will appeal to scholars, parents, and anyone interested in understanding the changing American religious landscape.

Losing Your Religion, Finding Your Faith

Losing Your Religion, Finding Your Faith
Spirituality for Young Adults

by Brett Hoover

  • Publisher : Paulist Press
  • Release : 1998
  • Pages : 149
  • ISBN : 9780809137824
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this lively, challenging book, Brett Hoover says that the typical young-adult loss of faith is a necessary part of maturing spirituality: faith can grow only when religion is doubted, lost, and found again in a new light. Using the metaphor of a road trip, Hoover describes the lifelong process of discovering both God and self. "Losing your religion" is just one necessary obstacle on the road to a holistic spirituality.

Losing My Religion

Losing My Religion
Breaking Down Your Walls to Release What's Inside

by Ria Barna

  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Release : 2008-03-31
  • Pages : 113
  • ISBN : 1465328351
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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We all own a very special key. It is the key that unlocks all that we are and all that we could ever want and dream of wanting. Access to this key is so simple, yet we make it so hard. This key is always there, waiting for us to use it to unlock our treasure chest and to release the power within it. We all want so badly to be the winner of the big lottery, but little do we know we already are the winner. We think winning the lottery will give us the power to do what we want with our lives. If we only knew that all the power is already within us. They say that in the last days the hearts of many men will fail because of fear. Our hearts fail every time we make a decision based in fear, instead of believing to trust what is in our hearts. Our heart is each and everyones very own treasure chest that is open every time we choose to believe what is in it. Now if the key to all our happiness is in our treasure chest, which lies within our heart, wouldnt it make sense that our number one priority in life would be to discover our heart and what lies within it? Every time we make a decision aligned with our heart, we tap into our power and release a potent and invisible energy into the world. This energy in turn orchestrates the universe to reflect back into our lives that ultimately leads us to fulfill our purpose. We must believe that all of lifes experiences, situations, and relationships are there to take us on a great journey. A journey that creates opportunities for self-discovery and that promotes self-growth and awareness. One experience of life is death. However, it is not death in the physical sense, but in a spiritual sense. It is dying to who we thought we were and dying to what we thought we believed and to how we defined ourselves. A lot of what we thought really isnt even our own thoughts. They are actually thoughts we adopted from others. They are thoughts and beliefs imposed on us by others, beginning right down to when we were babies. In this process to self-discovery, we must cut off the junk we gathered in life that are not our own in order to become in alignment to who we are. God is the very essence of lifethe life within us and the life outside us. As we continue the path of self-discovery, happiness is sure to follow. The compass that should aid us in our journey is called bliss. Following our bliss is the key to what is in your heart and ultimately to be one with God. The key to our fulfillment in life is not to create separation between who God is and who we are. We are one with God. We are cocreators with God, and we have the power to create whatever we want.

Losing My Religion

Losing My Religion
The Radical Message of the Kingdom

by Richard Bradbury

  • Publisher : Pneuma Springs Publishing
  • Release : 2011-07-25
  • Pages : 131
  • ISBN : 1907728171
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book arises from twenty five years of study and a passion to see God¿s people grasp the extent and significance of the Kingdom of God and to apply it in their own lives. This message is not an addendum to the gospel but is in fact the gospel. Christianity is not a religion to be followed but is about seeing the rule of God extended to the earth in every aspect of life: 'Let Your kingdom come; let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven¿. It is not about adopting a philosophy but about renewing the world through the transformation of lives, beliefs, values and behaviours. This renewal extends to all poverty, injustice and the effects of the Fall in the social, political and economic environment of the World. As we grasp this we will see the gospel as the means through which the healing of our lives becomes the basis for the healing of the nations.Richard Bradbury is based in Beverley in East Yorkshire and leads Beverley Community Church, part of the Groundlevel Network of churches. Married with four children, his prime gifting is as a teacher to the Body of Christ.

Losing Our Heads

Losing Our Heads
Beheadings in Literature and Culture

by Regina Janes

  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release : 2005-08-01
  • Pages : 255
  • ISBN : 081474270X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Losing Our Heads explores in both artistic and cultural contexts the role of the chopped-off head.

Losing Our Democracy

Losing Our Democracy
How Bush, the Far Right and Big Business Are Betraying America--And How to Stop It

by Mark Green

  • Publisher : Sourcebooks Incorporated
  • Release : 2007-09
  • Pages : 438
  • ISBN : 9781402210433
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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With Losing Our Democracy, Mark Green reveals how the far and religious right, a coalition of big business and, most shockingly, President Bush and his White House are in the process of undermining our democracy.

Creative in the Image of God

Creative in the Image of God
An Aesthetic Practical Theology of Young Adult Faith

by Katherine M. Douglass

  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release : 2020-03-02
  • Pages : 154
  • ISBN : 153268455X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The declining religious participation among young adults, or "Rise of the Nones," has signaled alarms across American Christianity. A closer look into the faith lives of thirty young adults who are, or were at one time, connected with a church, however, shows an articulate and aesthetically embodied faith life that seeks out connection with others, expression of their identity, and an openness to encountering God. Young adults see themselves, and all people in this pluralistic world, as bearing the image of God. They see creativity, in their own lives and in the lives of others, as evidence of this identity. This book is not an appeal to put more art into congregations, but rather an invitation to attend to aesthetic, embodied ways of knowing that exist among all people.

Law and Society Today

Law and Society Today
A Book

by Riaz Tejani

  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release : 2019-08-20
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 0520968409
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Law and Society Today is a problem-oriented survey of sociolegal studies, with a unique emphasis on recent historical and political developments. Whereas other texts focus heavily on criminal procedure, this book foregrounds the significant changes of the 2000s and 2010s, including neoliberalism, migration, multiculturalism, and the large influence of law and economics in law teaching, policy debates, and judicial decision-making. Each chapter presents key concepts, real-world applications, and hypothetical problems that allow students to test comprehension. With an integrated approach to theory and practice and written in an accessible tone, this text helps students recognize the dynamic forces that shape the way the law is constructed and implemented, particularly how law drives social inequality.

Bad Faith

Bad Faith
A Spiritual Humanist Alternative for Christianity and the West

by Tom Drake-Brockman

  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release : 2019-01-18
  • Pages : 184
  • ISBN : 1532673493
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Jesus was murdered by the Jewish religious leaders whose power base was the temple of Jerusalem. Saul of Tarsus—later the Paul of Christianity—was one of these, and his brand of faith theology mirrored their theology of covenantal entitlement. Thus, Christianity’s basic theological principles derive from those who killed Jesus. This is just one of many challenging propositions backed with strong evidence that appear in this book. Jesus, like most Jews, was attuned to faithfulness rather than pure faith, to ethical behavior based on human empathy rather than metaphysical beliefs and rituals. The central focus of Jesus was hesed, the heart of the Jewish covenant with God which linked God’s mercy to human compassion and forgiveness, making both mutually interactive. This hesed forgiveness was anathema to the temple’s faux forgiveness and threatened its very existence. Therefore, Jesus came not to save us, but to show us how to save ourselves. Reinterpreting a key parable of Jesus in this light, the Parable of the Tares, Jesus can be most plausibly understood as an incarnation of Adam, the original prototype human who God, in Genesis, appointed to oversee his creation and guide our spiritual evolution. His mission was not about any sacrificial death, but about establishing the spiritual humanism of Judaic hesed as the central purpose of human existence.

Oriental Religions and Their Relation to Universal Religion

Oriental Religions and Their Relation to Universal Religion
Persia

by Samuel Johnson

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1885
  • Pages : 782
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Moral sketches ; tracts written during the riots of 1817 ; miscellaneous poetical works ; ballads

Moral sketches ; tracts written during the riots of 1817 ; miscellaneous poetical works ; ballads
A Book

by Hannah More

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1853
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Christian observer [afterw.] The Christian observer and advocate

The Christian observer [afterw.] The Christian observer and advocate
A Book

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1872
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Moral Sketches of prevailing opinions and manners, foreign and domestic; with reflections on prayer

Moral Sketches of prevailing opinions and manners, foreign and domestic; with reflections on prayer
A Book

by Hannah More

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1819
  • Pages : 518
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Sunny Nihilist

The Sunny Nihilist
How a meaningless life can make you truly happy

by Wendy Syfret

  • Publisher : Souvenir Press
  • Release : 2021-07-22
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 178283804X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In an era defined by stress and selfishness, self-care, and obsessive individuality, emptiness can offer peace. A balm for the soul of burnt-out Millennials - disillusioned with the search for meaning through career success, a beautiful life and a beautiful Instagram account - The Sunny Nihilist explains why achievement has not made us happy. Looking anew at a philosophy usually associated with grumpy pessimists, writer Wendy Syfret examines our modern experience of work, love, religion and wider society, and asks whether a touch of upbeat nihilism could actually lighten our loads. Making the case for rejecting the cult of purpose and accepting our un-importance in the universe as a positive reality, The Sunny Nihilist urges us to be cheerful in the face of it - because if nothing matters, we might as well be happy and good to each other.

This Is the Faith

This Is the Faith
A Complete Explanation of the Catholic Faith

by Rev. Fr. Francis J. Ripley

  • Publisher : TAN Books
  • Release : 1999-12
  • Pages : 474
  • ISBN : 1618901613
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This Is the Faith covers everything the convert or inquirer needs to know about the Catholic faith, and does so with a thoroughness that is at once completely satisfying, but never trying. Moreover, its approach is always dignified, reverent and commanding of respect. The result is that the reader will garner a true picture of the reasonableness, thoroughness and beauty of the Catholic religion that - with grace - will all but guarantee the assent of his will if he approaches the book with honesty and integrity. This book belongs in every Catholic home. It is unparalleled as a review, as a catch-up course for the poorly informed, or as an introduction to the truth of the Catholic Faith for converts. Great, sadly needed and destined to do great good in our time!

Losing Our Religion?

Losing Our Religion?
Changing Patterns of Believing and Belonging in Secular Western Societies

by Kevin Ronald Ward

  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release : 2013-10-22
  • Pages : 278
  • ISBN : 163087034X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Church-going in most Western societies has declined significantly in the wake of the social and cultural changes that began in the 1960s. Does this mean that people in these societies are losing any religious dimension in their lives, or is it being expressed in other forms and places? This study begins by looking at comparative data on how church-going patterns have changed in five countries--Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand--examining reasons for the decline, how churches have responded to these changes, and why some churches have shown greater resilience. It then explores some of the particular challenges these changes pose for the future of churches in these societies and some of the responses that have been made, drawing on both sociological and theological insights. The conclusion is that, despite the loss of belonging, believing persists and religion continues to play a significant role in these societies, mediated in a variety of diffuse cultural forms. Cases illustrating these changes are largely drawn from New Zealand, which as the country most recently settled by Europeans has always been "secular" and thus provides helpful insights.

Organized Secularism in the United States

Organized Secularism in the United States
New Directions in Research

by Ryan T. Cragun,Christel Manning,Lori L. Fazzino

  • Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • Release : 2017-11-07
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 3110458659
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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There has been a dramatic increase in the percentage of the US population that is not religious. However, there is, to date, very little research on the social movement that is organizing to serve the needs of and advocate for the nonreligious in the US. This is a book about the rise and structure of organized secularism in the United States. By organized secularism we mean the efforts of nonreligious individuals to build institutions, networks, and ultimately a movement that serves their interests in a predominantly religious society. Researchers from various fields address questions such as: What secularist organizations exist? Who are the members of these organizations? What kinds of organizations do they create? What functions do these organizations provide for their members? How do the secularist organizations of today compare to those of the past? And what is their likely impact on the future of secularism? For anyone trying to understand the rise of the nonreligious in the US, this book will provide valuable insights into organized efforts to normalize their worldview and advocate for their equal treatment in society.

The Works of Hannah More

The Works of Hannah More
A Book

by Hannah More

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1848
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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