Truly the church is an apologetic in which one is renewed and transformed by God as part of a people living in a disciplined, liturgical community (28-30, 25, 99) across particular times and places to interact with “the lens of an interpretive framework governed by ultimate beliefs” through the Scriptures by the sanctification of the Spirit (54-56).
Getting back to basics. A consideration of The Heidelberg Catechism.
“Why? is the proper question with which to begin our exploration of the church’s teaching ministry” (20).
In her reflective and research-filled work, Dean disturbingly explores how the religiosity of American teenagers reflects “their parents’ religious devotion (or lack thereof) and, by extension, that of their congregations” (3-4).
Since Soul Searching’s publication, I have recommended that parents, church leadership teams and youth/campus ministers prayerfully read, consider, and develop structural adjustments taking into consideration “Summary Interpretation: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism” (161-71) and the “Concluding Unscientific Postscript: Observations and Implications of NSYR (National Study of Youth and Religion) Findings for Religious Communities and Youth Workers” (259-271).