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Virtual Faith

Tom Beaudoin

Virtual Faith

Tom Beaudoin

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Tattoos. Body piercing. Retro. Grunge. These are some of the stereotypical images of Generation X. Look a bit harder, and the images are troubling, even heretical: crucifixes as fashion accessories, music videos with religious and sexual imagery in unashamed juxtaposition, rave masses in which prayer and ecstatic experiences aren't quite what they used to be. In this profoundly original book, Tom Beaudoin issues a provocative challenge: what if, instead of dismissing these expressions as heretical or blasphemous, we took them as serious expressions of a generation's search for a religion they can believe in? Beaudoin, himself an unapologetic member of Generation X, explores fashion, music videos, and cyberspace and concludes that his generation has fashioned a theology radically different from but no less potent or valid than that of their elders. Virtual Faith is an invitation to explore this theology with him as our guide. Beaudoin's investigation of popular culture uncovers four themes that underpin his generation's theology. First, all institutions are suspectA-especially organized religion. Recoiling from perceived hypocrisy, yet hungering for spiritual experience, this generation has taken religion into their own hands. Second, personal experience is everything. GenXers want to discover everything for themselves, and every form of intense personal experienceA-including sexA-is potentially spiritual. Third, suffering is also spiritual. Images of a suffering Jesus have a personal meaning for this generation that they don't have for their elders. Finally, this generation sees ambiguity as a central element of faith. Rather than retreating from doubt, they embrace it. This book opens a long overdue conversation about where and how we find meaning, and how we all can encourage each other in this central human searching. Parents and religious leaders of all religious persuasions will gain an understanding of GenX theology in its own terms. And GenXers themselves will find an invitation to a more conscious examination of their own relationship to religion and spiritual experienceA-and a challenge to take the next step.

- Publisher Reveals the deep and pervasive search for meaning that haunts Generation X. This book is must reading for anyone who would understand the spirituality of young people at the turn of a new millennium.--Robert A. Ludwig, author of Reconstructing Catholicism for a New Generation ^ In Virtual Faith, Beaudoin explores fashion, music videos, and cyberspace concluding that his generation has fashioned a theology radically different from, but no less potent or valid than, that of their elders. ^ Beaudoin's investigation of popular culture uncovers four themes that underpin his generation's theology. First, all institutions are suspect -- especially organized religion. Second, personal experience is everything, and every form of intense personal experience is potentially spiritual. Third, suffering is also spiritual. Finally, this generation sees ambiguity as a central element of faith. ^ This book opens a long overdue conversation about where and how we find meaning, and how we all c

- Publisher

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About "Virtual Faith"

Tattoos. Body piercing. Retro. Grunge. These are some of the stereotypical images of Generation X. Look a bit harder, and the images are troubling, even heretical: crucifixes as fashion accessories, music videos with religious and sexual imagery in unashamed juxtaposition, rave masses in which prayer and ecstatic experiences aren't quite what they used to be. In this profoundly original book, Tom Beaudoin issues a provocative challenge: what if, instead of dismissing these expressions as heretical or blasphemous, we took them as serious expressions of a generation's search for a religion they can believe in? Beaudoin, himself an unapologetic member of Generation X, explores fashion, music videos, and cyberspace and concludes that his generation has fashioned a theology radically different from but no less potent or valid than that of their elders. Virtual Faith is an invitation to explore this theology with him as our guide. Beaudoin's investigation of popular culture uncovers four themes that underpin his generation's theology. First, all institutions are suspectA-especially organized religion. Recoiling from perceived hypocrisy, yet hungering for spiritual experience, this generation has taken religion into their own hands. Second, personal experience is everything. GenXers want to discover everything for themselves, and every form of intense personal experienceA-including sexA-is potentially spiritual. Third, suffering is also spiritual. Images of a suffering Jesus have a personal meaning for this generation that they don't have for their elders. Finally, this generation sees ambiguity as a central element of faith. Rather than retreating from doubt, they embrace it. This book opens a long overdue conversation about where and how we find meaning, and how we all can encourage each other in this central human searching. Parents and religious leaders of all religious persuasions will gain an understanding of GenX theology in its own terms. And GenXers themselves will find an invitation to a more conscious examination of their own relationship to religion and spiritual experienceA-and a challenge to take the next step.
- Publisher

Reveals the deep and pervasive search for meaning that haunts Generation X. This book is must reading for anyone who would understand the spirituality of young people at the turn of a new millennium.--Robert A. Ludwig, author of Reconstructing Catholicism for a New Generation ^ In Virtual Faith, Beaudoin explores fashion, music videos, and cyberspace concluding that his generation has fashioned a theology radically different from, but no less potent or valid than, that of their elders. ^ Beaudoin's investigation of popular culture uncovers four themes that underpin his generation's theology. First, all institutions are suspect -- especially organized religion. Second, personal experience is everything, and every form of intense personal experience is potentially spiritual. Third, suffering is also spiritual. Finally, this generation sees ambiguity as a central element of faith. ^ This book opens a long overdue conversation about where and how we find meaning, and how we all c
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Tom Beaudoin

TOM BEAUDOIN Raised on television and video games, Tom Beaudoin began to notice in the mid-80s that the popular culture so familiar to him was infused with religious iconography and meaning. He earned his Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University School of Divinity in 1996 and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Religion and Education at Boston College. A former altar boy and presently a bass player in a Boston area rock band, he survived Woodstock '94.

Table Of Contents

  • Section 1: Generation X, Popular Culture And Religion
  • My Life As A Genx Story
  • In Search Of A Generation
  • Religious Themes Between The Real And The Virtual. Section 2: Divining
  • Themes - Popular Culture And/as Religion
  • Suspicion Of Institutions
  • Turn Of Experience
  • Attention To Suffering
  • Faith Between Certainty And Ambiguity. Section 3: A New Religious
  • (ir)responsibility - Between Complacency And Commitment
  • Virtually Faithful
  • Complacency And Commitment
  • Towards A Virtual Christology?

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  • Catalogue Code 157570
  • Product Code 0787955272
  • EAN 9780787955274
  • Pages 240
  • Department Ministry
  • Category Youth Ministry
  • Sub-Category Youth Leaders
  • Publisher Rainbow Book Agencies
  • Publication Date Jun 2000
  • Dimensions 223 x 140 x 15 mm
  • Weight 0.296kg

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