Reconciling Christianity and Modernity: Australian Youth and Religion

Teresa Davis, University of Sydney
Jeaney Yip, University of Sydney
ABSTRACT - The growth of New Christian Movement Churches (such as the Pentecostal movements) in Australia is explored against a backdrop of falling attendance among the more 'traditional’ churches (Catholic, Anglican etc). The powerful appeal of these New Christian Movement Churches (NCMs) to young people is studied through a series of interviews with young Australians using a phenomenological approach. The common threads from the enquiry are drawn together and mapped onto Lambert’s (1999) secularization of religion model. A 'consequences of modernity’ (Giddens 1991) argument is used to understand how these NCMs fulfill the need that these young people feel to reconcile aspects of modernity with their religious beliefs.
[ to cite ]:
Teresa Davis and Jeaney Yip (2004) ,"Reconciling Christianity and Modernity: Australian Youth and Religion", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 31, eds. Barbara E. Kahn and Mary Frances Luce, Valdosta, GA : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 113-117.