|Robert Wuthnow, author of After Heaven: Spirituality in America Since the 1950s, understands American spirituality to be divided between those who dwell and those who seek. The spirituality of dwelling springs from a faith that has fixed points and is systematic. The spirituality of the seeker is more pragmatic and subjective; it desires a momentary encounter with god. The spirituality of seeking doubts the absolutes of the spirituality of dwelling as the seeker lives in a more changing culture and encounters people from outside his religious community. Where the dweller's constant environment and community strengthens their beliefs, the seeker's changing environment often causes him to search in different directions while doubtfully maintaining the basic creeds or Bible stories of the church and testifying to a different experience of these truths than at earlier times in his life.|
After Heaven: Spirituality in America Since the 1950s (University of California Press, 1998)
|Robert Wuthnow has contributed to multiple editions of the Journal; click here for his record. |
Robert Wuthnow has also been featured on the MARS HILL AUDIO Conversation "Church, Community, and History," and on the Report "Best-Selling Spirituality: American Cultural Change and the New Shape of Faith." A short description of the Report is available here, and a short description of the Conversation is listed here.