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Subtraction And Echoes of Transcendence

In his important book, Faith Formation in a Secular Age, Andrew Root discusses how the age of authenticity (be true to yourself, you gotta be you, I am who I am) is perceived by many as an era of subtraction, and he contends that in this age of authenticity what may be needed is to indwell […]



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Subtraction And Echoes of Transcendence


Bobos In The Church

In his important book, Faith Formation in a Secular Age, Andrew Root discusses how the age of authenticity (be true to yourself, you gotta be you, I am who I am) finds expression in the church as Moral Therapeutic Deism (MTD). Read these descriptions: Prior to 1965, in the age of conformity, few adults lived for […]



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Bobos In The Church


The Conquest Of Cool

The irony of the Age of Authenticity is that it’s reaction and rejection of mass society and the Age of Conformity/Obligation became itself another kind of conformity: what Andrew Root calls the “conquest of cool” and the quest for cool as the quest for authenticity. The irony? It was established and it flourished through mass […]



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The Conquest Of Cool


How The Bohemian Culture Changed American Culture

Andrew Root’s big thesis, in Faith Formation in a Secular Age, is that the Age of Obligation gave way to the Age of Authenticity, though “authenticity” is not understood as many might understand it today: it means true to one’s self. It is noticeable to me at least that Root avoids interaction or complementing the […]



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How The Bohemian Culture Changed American Culture


Obligation As Oppression

How did we shift from the age of duty, obligation, and conformity to the age of authenticity? I remember once reading two books — one by David Wells and one by Brian McLaren — about the same time with the same fundamental conclusion: we need to be authentic. What, however, did authentic mean? When Charles Taylor speaks […]



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Obligation As Oppression


The Age Of Youthfulness

The age of authenticity (yesterday’s post) is the age of youthfulness. So Andrew Root, in his new splendid book Faith Formation in a Secular Age. How so? To tell the story of the dawn of the age of authenticity is to show how the flows of our cultural history have moved the majority of us […]



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The Age Of Youthfulness


The Age Of Authenticity

Andrew Root, building on Charles Taylor, calls our era the Age of Authenticity. (Faith Formation in a Secular Age.) In that label is a potent description of what “faith formation” looks like in a “secular age” when authenticity is the major virtue and youthfulness its hero. Root is one of America’s leading lights on youth […]



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The Age Of Authenticity