Now that’s A Title To Sink Your Teeth Into: The Juvenilization of American Christianity

In the book, Bergler traces the way in which, over seventy-five years, youth ministries have breathed new vitality into four major American church traditions — African American, Evangelical, Mainline Protestant, and Roman Catholic — even as their methods have also engendered widespread spiritual immaturity, consumerism, and self-centeredness, and have popularized a feel-good faith marked by neither intergenerational community nor theological literacy.  The preponderance of pop worship music, jeans, and T-shirts in church services? These, he says, can all be traced to juvenilization. So can the ubiquitous language of “falling in love with Jesus.”

Brilliant!  If anything marks modern youth movements it’s precisely spiritual immaturity and consumerism and self centeredness.

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3 thoughts on “Now that’s A Title To Sink Your Teeth Into: The Juvenilization of American Christianity

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  2. Steve Allison 26 Jan 2012 at 10:40 pm

    In my own church heritage, youth ministers and youth culture, though shallow in some ways, have been a source of creativity and a means to help the church break out of a legalistic rut. The author has good points for instance when he critiques the self-centered what-Christianity-can-do-for me tendencies of youth culture. But, I don’t know that the older generations can claim a net superiority. For some reason youth bashing is a pet peeve of mine, even though I’m now a geezer over sixty.

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    • Jim 27 Jan 2012 at 4:27 am

      it’s not youth bashing to point out that much of the youth ministry culture is theologically bankrupt.

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