- Secular Humanism Beyond Progressive Secularism. An article by RW Editor Richard Cimino and Christopher Smith – can be downloaded for free
- New Boundaries — Evangelicals and Islam After 9/11. An article by RW Editor Richard Cimino – can be downloaded for free.
Lutherans Today: American Lutheran Identity in the Twenty-First Century
Lutherans Today, edited by Richard Cimino, examines the changing shape of this religious tradition in the U.S.. The book, published by Eerdmans, brings together several historians, social scientists, journalists, and other leading experts to map out the various movements in Lutheranism and their place on the American Christian landscape.
Presenting new and original research, the book also examines issues and trends related to Lutheran identity, including politics and the pastorate, the impact of immigration and multiculturalism, and Lutheran colleges and youth. Non-Lutheran readers will also find the book of interest since many of the movements and issues it examines relates to American religion in general.
“This wide-ranging provocative assessment of contemporary American Lutheranism draws on the expertise of its contributors to give a fair hearing to the conflicting movements competing for the soul of the church.”
– Walter Sundberg, Luther Seminary.
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Shopping For Faith: American Religion in the New Millennium
Written by RW editor Richard Cimino and San Francisco Chronicle Religion Writer, Don Lattin, Shopping For Faith identifies dozens of trends that will shape American religion in the new millennium.
Published in paperback (by Jossey-Bass) and newly updated, the book brings together the latest research with intimate of portraits of Americans discussing their beliefs.
“Shopping For Faith is as good as it gets in assessing in assessing the U.S. religious scene.”
– Robert Ellwood, emeritus professor of religion, University of Southern California
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Trusting the Spirit: Renewal and Reform in American Religion
Published in 2001 (by Jossey-Bass), Trusting the Spirit looks at groups and movements seeking change in religious institutions. Based on six case studies of renewal and reform movements in Protestant, Catholic and Jewish traditions, the book also analyzes the strategies employed to bring about religious revitalization.
“Renewal of organization life is a perennial challenge, and Richard Cimino’s stimulating series of case studies provides many insights in how aging institutions can be revitalized. The writing is crisp and clear, based on the author’s personal encounters with six different renewal movements within Protestantism, Catholicism and Judaism.”
– Donald E. Miller, author of The Reinvention of American Protestantism
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Against The Stream: The Adoption of Traditional Christian Faiths By Young Adults
Co-published by University Press of America and Religion Watch, written by Richard Cimino, this book is a groundbreaking study of the growing phenomenon of youth converting to conservative Catholic, Protestant and Eastern Orthodox churches. The book is based on interviews with 30 young adults, examining how the young adult conversion to traditional forms of Christianity conflicts with pluralism and consumeristic religion while also being shaped by these social forces.
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