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Smith, Christian 1960-

Overview
Works: 57 works in 245 publications in 1 language and 19,426 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history 
Roles: Author, Editor, Thesis advisor
Classifications: BR1642.U5, 277.30829
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Christian Smith
Christian America? what evangelicals really want by Christian Smith ( )
15 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 2,505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In recent decades Protestant evangelicalism has become a conspicuous and--to many Americans--worrisome part of this country's cultural and political landscape. But just how unified is the supposed constituency of the Christian Coalition? And who exactly are the people the Christian Right claims to represent? In the most extensive study of American evangelicals ever conducted, Christian Smith explores the beliefs, values, commitments, and goals of the ordinary men and women who make up this often misunderstood religious group. Based on data from a three-year national study, including more than 200 in-depth interviews, Christian America? assesses the common stereotype of evangelicals as intolerant, right-wing, religious zealots seeking to impose a Christian moral order through political force. What Smith finds instead are people vastly more diverse and ambivalent than this stereotype suggests-- the labels "conservative" and "liberal" are too simplistic for understanding their approaches to public life and political action.--From publisher description
Soul searching : the religious and spiritual lives of American teenagers by Christian Smith ( Book )
23 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 1,770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Soul Searching reveals the complexity of contemporary teenage religious life, showing that religion is widely practiced and positively valued by teens, but also de-prioritized and very poorly understood by them, yet significant nonetheless in shaping their lives. More broadly, Soul Searching describes what appears to be a major transformation of faith in the U.S., away from the substance of historical religious traditions and toward a new and quite different faith the authors call "Moralistic Therapeutic Deism." --Publisher
Latin American religion in motion ( )
11 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Latin America is experiencing a genuine pluralization of faith. This interdisciplinary volume tracks those changes, from the perspective of such diverse fields as sociology, anthropology, religious studies, political science, and Latin American studies. The contributors tackle such issues as creolization, esoterica, and Afro-Brazilian religion in a highly accessible way. Latin American Religion in Motion provides not only a clear sense of the extent of the transformations now under way, but also provides insight into some of the most pressing issues surrounding these momentous changes."--Back cover
Resisting Reagan the U.S. Central America peace movement by Christian Smith ( )
4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 1,488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Though more a study of US interest groups and social movements, provides useful information on US policy toward Central America. Somewhat sympathetic toward the peace movements' goals and to their definition of 'harassment.'"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57
Souls in transition : the religious and spiritual lives of emerging adults by Christian Smith ( Book )
15 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Based on candid interviews with thousands of young people tracked over a five-year period, this book reveals how the religious practices of the teenagers portrayed in Soul Searching have been strengthened, challenged, and often changed as they have moved into adulthood
What is a person? : rethinking humanity, social life, and the moral good from the person up by Christian Smith ( Book )
15 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The task of understanding human beings, what we ourselves are, our constitution and condition, is a perennial problem in philosophy and related disciplines. Smith argues here that our understanding of human persons is threatened by technological development and capricious academic theories alike, seeking to deny or relativize the personhood of humanity. Smith's book puts a stake in the ground, in defense of a view of the human that is genuinely humanistic in the traditional sense and capable of sustaining with intellectual coherence things like modern human rights and universal benevolence
Divided by faith : evangelical religion and the problem of race in America by Michael O Emerson ( Book )
11 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 963 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In Divided by Faith, Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith probe the grassroots of white evangelical America, through a nationwide telephone survey of 2,000 people, along with 200 face-to-face interviews. The results of their research are surprising. They learned that most white evangelicals see no systematic discrimination against blacks; indeed, they deny the existence of any ongoing racial problem in the United States. Many of their subjects blamed the continuing talk of racial conflict on the media, unscrupulous black leaders, and the inability of African Americans to forget the past. What lies behind this perception? Evangelicals, Emerson and Smith write, are not so much actively racist as committed to a theological view of the world. Therefore, it is difficult for them to see systematic injustice. The evangelical emphasis on individualism, free will, and personal relationships makes invisible the pervasive injustice that perpetuates inequality between the races. Most racial problems, they told the authors, can be solved by the repentance and conversion of the sinful individuals at fault." "Combining a substantial body of evidence with sophisticated analysis and interpretation, Emerson and Smith throw sharp light on the oldest American dilemma. Despite the best intentions of evangelical leaders and some positive trends, the authors conclude that real racial reconciliation remains far over the horizon."--Jacket
Going to the root nine proposals for radical church renewal by Christian Smith ( )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Passing the plate why American Christians don't give away more money by Christian Smith ( )
9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
'Passing the Plate' shows that few American Christians donate generously to religious and charitable causes - a parsimony that seriously undermines the work of churches and ministries. This book explores the reasons behind such ungenerous giving
Moral, believing animals : human personhood and culture by Christian Smith ( Book )
17 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Smith suggests that human beings have a peculiar set of capacities and proclivities that distinguishes them significantly from other animals on this planet. Despite the vast differences in humanity between cultures and across history, no matter how differently people narrate their lives and histories, there remains an underlying structure of human personhood that helps to order human culture, history, and narration. Drawing on important recent insights in moral philosophy, epistemology, and narrative studies, Smith argues that humans are animals with an inescapable moral and spiritual dimension. They cannot avoid a fundamental moral orientation in life, and this, says Smith, has profound consequences for how sociology must study human beings. Similarly, humans cannot escape living by one or another sacred narrative, and this too has important implications for sociology. Along the way, Smith advances a sustained critique of rational choice theory, sociobiology, and other accounts of human social life drawn from the naturalistic, antimentalist, noncultural tradition of Western social theory as badly misunderstanding the character of the human animal. By contrast, this work argues that all people are at bottom believers whose lives, actions, and institutions are constituted, motivated, and governed by narrative traditions and moral orders on which they inescapably depend." "This approach - which has profound consequences for how we think about knowledge, culture, social action, institutions, religion, and the task of the social sciences - will be of interest to scholars in sociology, social theory, religious and cultural studies, psychology, and anthropology."--BOOK JACKET
American evangelicalism : embattled and thriving by Christian Smith ( Book )
8 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Based on a national telephone survey and 300 personal interviews with evangelicals and other churchgoing Protestants, this study provides an analysis of the commitments, beliefs, concerns and practices of this group. Examining how evangelicals interact with and attempt to influence secular society, the text argues that traditional, orthodox evangelicalism endures because of the challenges and structures of our modern pluralistic environment. It also looks beyond evangelicalism to explore the problems of traditional religious belief and practice in the modern world
Lost in transition : the dark side of emerging adulthood by Christian Smith ( Book )
13 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Life for emerging adults is vastly different today than it was for their counterparts even a generation ago. Young people are waiting longer to marry, to have children, and to choose a career direction. As a result, they enjoy more freedom, opportunities, and personal growth than ever before. But the transition to adulthood is also more complex, disjointed, and confusing. The authors draw on 230 in-depth interviews with a broad cross-section of emerging adults (ages 18-23) to investigate the difficulties young people face today, the underlying causes of those difficulties, and the consequences both for individuals and for American society as a whole. Rampant consumer capitalism, ongoing failures in education, hyper-individualism, postmodernist moral relativism, and other aspects of American culture are all contributing to the chaotic terrain that emerging adults must cross. Five major problems facing very many young people today are identified: confused moral reasoning, routine intoxication, materialistic life goals, regrettable sexual experiences, and disengagement from civic and political life. The trouble does not lie only with the emerging adults or their poor individual decisions but has much deeper roots in mainstream American culture--a culture which emerging adults have largely inherited rather than created. Older adults must recognize that much of the responsibility for the pain and confusion young people face lies with them. Rejecting both sky-is-falling alarmism on the one hand and complacent disregard on the other, the need for "realistic concern" is argued--and a reconsideration of our cultural priorities and practices--that will help emerging adults more skillfully engage unique challenges they face. -- From Publisher description
The emergence of liberation theology : radical religion and social movement theory by Christian Smith ( Book )
7 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The secular revolution : power, interests, and conflict in the secularization of American public life ( Book )
8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Here, Smith provides the reader with a powerful new framework for assessing the secularization of American public life, including a wealth of new insights and historical evidence on religion in American institutions
The Bible made impossible : why biblicism is not a truly evangelical reading of Scripture by Christian Smith ( Book )
8 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Biblicism, an approach to the Bible common among some American evangelicals, emphasizes together the Bible's exclusive authority, infallibility, clarity, self-sufficiency, internal consistency, self-evident meaning, and universal applicability. Sociologist Christian Smith argues that this approach is misguided and unable to live up to its own claims. If evangelical biblicism worked as its proponents say it should, there would not be the vast variety of interpretive differences that biblicists themselves reach when they actually read and interpret the Bible. Smith describes the assumptions, beliefs, and practices of evangelical biblicism and sets it in historical, sociological, and philosophical context. He explains why it is an impossible approach to the Bible as an authority and provides constructive alternative approaches to help evangelicals be more honest and faithful in reading the Bible
Disruptive religion : the force of faith in social-movement activism by Christian Smith ( Book )
12 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Religion has long played a central role in many social and political movements. Solidarity in Poland, anti-apartheid in South Africa, Operation Rescue in the United States--each of these movements is driven by the energy and sustained by the commitment of many individuals and organizations whose ideologies are shaped and powered by religious faith. In many cases, religious resources and motives serve as crucial variables explaining the emergence of entire social movements. This book analyzes contemporary social movements which are driven by people and organizations of faith. The essays also address many theoretical issues arising in the study of social movements and disruptive politics
Young Catholic America : emerging adults in, out of, and gone from the church by Christian Smith ( Book )
3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Based on nationally representative survey and interview (longitudinal/panel) data of the highest quality, the National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR-first and third waves), this book provides an in-depth description and analysis of American Catholics (and ex-Catholics) ages 18-23. The main focus is on their religious and spiritual lives but also includes an examination of how their religious faith and practice do and do not affect other life outcomes
Family religious involvement and the quality of family relationships for early adolescents by Christian Smith ( Book )
3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examination of association between the religious involvement (number of family religious activities, parental worship service attendance and parental prayer) and quality of family relationships with results indicating that religiously involved families of adolescents (ages 12-14) living in the U.S. are more like to have stronger family relationships than families that are not religiously active
The paradox of generosity : giving we receive, grasping we lose by Christian Smith ( Book )
3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Determining why, when, and to whom people feel compelled to be generous affords invaluable insight into positive and problematic ways of life. Organ donation, volunteering, and the funding of charities can all be illuminated by sociological and psychological perspectives on how American adults conceive of and demonstrate generosity. Focusing not only on financial giving but on the many diverse forms generosity can take, Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson show the deep impact -- usually good, sometimes destructive -- that giving has on individuals. The Paradox of Generosity is the first study to make use of the cutting-edge empirical data collected in Smith's groundbreaking, multidisciplinary, five-year Science of Generosity Initiative. It draws on an extensive survey of 2,000 Americans, more than sixty in-depth interviews with individuals across twelve states, and analysis of over 1,000 photographs and other visual materials. This wealth of evidence reveals a consistent link between demonstrating generosity and leading a better life: more generous people are happier, suffer fewer illnesses and injuries, live with a greater sense of purpose, and experience less depression. Smith and Davidson also show, however, that to achieve a better life a person must practice generosity regularly -- random acts of kindness are not enough. Offering a wide range of vividly illustrative case studies, this volume will be a crucial resource for anyone seeking to understand the true impact and meaning of generosity
Religion in the lives of American adolescents : a review of the literature by Mark Regnerus ( Book )
4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Summary of research findings on the influence of religion on the lives of U.S. adolescents
 
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Alternative Names
Smith, Christian (Christian Stephen)
Smith, Christian Stephen.
Smith, Christian Stephen 1960-
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English (193)
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