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Passing on the FaithTransforming Traditions for the Next Generation of Jews, Christians, and
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James L. Heft

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226474

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226474.001.0001

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Journeys of Faith: Meeting the Challenges in Twenty-First-Century America

Journeys of Faith: Meeting the Challenges in Twenty-First-Century America

(p.37) Journeys of Faith: Meeting the Challenges in Twenty-First-Century America
Passing on the Faith

Nancy Ammerman

Fordham University Press

This chapter explores two broad areas of challenge for faith in American culture and suggests some of the ways in which faith traditions are—and aren't—stepping up to the plate. The first area of challenge is the reality of diversity. The United States remains a predominantly Christian country, but young adults today encounter compatriots from many corners of that Christian tradition, many of whom have only vague attachments to whatever tradition they may claim. The second challenge is the equally inescapable reality of skepticism. In this modern way of thinking, it is not sufficient to say “the Torah commands it” or “the priest advises it.” Rather, the scripture itself is to be subjected to historical, critical, archeological, and anthropological investigation. And the priest must gain advanced training in psychology and management before his or her advice will be taken seriously.

Keywords:   religion, faith, religious indifference, religious diversity, skepticism

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