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Passing on the Faith: Transforming Traditions for the Next Generation of Jews, Christians, and Muslims

Dec 7, 2010

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Fordham University Press, 2006

From the beginning, the Abrahamic faiths—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—have stressed the importance of transmitting religious identity from one generation to the next. Today, that sustaining mission has never been more challenged. Will young people have a faith to guide them? How can faith traditions anchor religious attachments in this secular, skeptical culture? Filled with real-world wisdom, Passing the Faith will be an essential resource for anyone seeking to understand what religions must, and can, do to inspire a vigorous faith in the next generation.

Edited by James L. Heft, S.M., the book includes a study on the participation of young adults in congregational life by CRCC's Tobin Belzer, Richard W. Flory, Nadia Roumani, and Brie Loskota, as well as an essay on constructing religious identity in the next generation by Diane Winston, Knight Chair in Media and Religion.

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