I just ordered two copies of a book that’s not even out yet… based on this partial review.
Thomas Bergler’s The Juvenilization of American Christianity comes out at the end of this month and I’m looking forward to receiving a copy for me as well as a copy for a friend who I am committed to encouraging him to read and share insights with me.
The author describes Juvenilization as "the process by which the religious beliefs, practices, and developmental characteristics of adolescents become accepted as appropriate for Christians of all ages. It begins with the praiseworthy goal of adapting the faith to appeal to the young. But it sometimes ends badly, with both youth and adults embracing immature versions (can you say Moralistic Therapeutic Deism?) of the faith."
Do we identify spiritual maturity as attainable? Pope Benedict has already been on this. He has claimed that "young people are also led to think that it is impossible to make definitive choices that commit you for life." We are not meant to embrace the unsteady stance of searching but "each of us was created to make, not provisional and reversible choices, but definitive and irrevocable choices which give full meaning to existence.”
How does the Church change if we aim higher towards a mature-r faith where all are challenged to "Have the courage to choose that which is essential in life!." A video interview with Thomas Bergler follows after the jump.