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Smith, Christian 1960-

Works: 69 works in 360 publications in 2 languages and 23,158 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history 
Roles: Author, Thesis advisor, Editor, wpr
Classifications: BR1642.U5, 200.8350973
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Christian Smith
Christian America? : what evangelicals really want by Christian Smith( )

21 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,555 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
Soul searching : the religious and spiritual lives of American teenagers by Christian Smith( Book )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 1,998 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 by Christian Smith( )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 1,825 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( )

8 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 1,783 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 )

18 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,437 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
Going to the root : nine proposals for radical church renewal by Christian Smith( )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 1,208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is a person? : rethinking humanity, social life, and the moral good from the person up by Christian Smith( Book )

18 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,187 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
Passing the plate : why American Christians don't give away more money by Christian Smith( )

15 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,102 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. Far from the 10 percent of one's income that tithing requires, American Christians' financial giving typically amounts, by some measures, to less than one percent of annual earnings. And a startling one out of five self-identified Christians gives nothing at all. This eye-opening book explores the reasons behind such ungenerous giving, the potential world-changing benefits of greater financial giving, and what can be done to improve matters. - Publisher
Divided by faith : evangelical religion and the problem of race in America by Michael O Emerson( Book )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,001 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
Moral, believing animals : human personhood and culture by Christian Smith( Book )

19 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 931 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."--Jacket
Lost in transition : the dark side of emerging adulthood by Christian Smith( Book )

14 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 898 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
American evangelicalism : embattled and thriving by Christian Smith( Book )

10 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 807 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
The emergence of liberation theology : radical religion and social movement theory by Christian Smith( Book )

18 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in English and Spanish and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The paradox of generosity : giving we receive, grasping we lose by Christian Smith( Book )

11 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 632 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."--publisher
Young Catholic America : emerging adults in, out of, and gone from the church by Christian Smith( Book )

9 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on in-depth surveys and interviews of Catholics and ex-Catholics ages 18 to 23--a demographic commonly known as early "emerging adulthood"--Leading sociologist Christian Smith and his colleagues offer a wealth of insight into the wide variety of religious practices and beliefs among young Catholics today, the early influences and life-altering events that lead them to embrace the Church or abandon it, and how being Catholic affects them as they become full-fledged adults. Beyond its rich collection of statistical data, the book includes vivid case studies of individuals spanning a full decade, as well as insight into the twentieth-century events that helped to shape the Church and its members in America
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 538 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 )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 471 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 )

13 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 431 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
To flourish or destruct : a personalist theory of human goods, motivations, failure, and evil by Christian Smith( Book )

7 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his 2010 book What is a Person?, Christian Smith argued that sociology had for too long neglected this fundamental question. Prevailing social theories, he wrote, do not adequately "capture our deep subjective experience as persons, curcial dimensions of the richness of our own lived lives, what thinkers in previous ages might have called our 'souls' or 'heart.'" Building on Smith's previous work, To Flourish or Destruct examines the motivations intrinsic to this subjective experience: Why do people do what they do? How can we explain the activity that gives rise to all human social life and social structures? Smith argues that our actions stem from a motivation to realize what he calls natural human goods: ends that are, by nature, constitutionally good for all human beings. He goes on to explore the ways we can and do fail to realize these ends - a failure that can result in varying gradations of evil. Rooted in critical realism and informed by work in philosophy, psychology, and other fields, Smith's ambitious book situates the idea of personhood at the center of our attempt to understand how we might shape good human lives and societies. -- from dust jacket
Religion : what it is, how it works, and why it matters by Christian Smith( Book )

10 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing on the philosophy of critical realism and personalist social theory, Christian Smith answers key questions about the nature, powers, workings, appeal, and future of religion. He defines religion in a way that resolves myriad problems and ambiguities in past accounts, explains the kinds of causal influences religion exerts in the world, and examines the key cognitive process that makes religion possible. Smith explores why humans are religious in the first place--uniquely so as a species--and offers an account of secularization and religious innovation and persistence that breaks the logjam in which so many religion scholars have been stuck for so long."--Provided by the publisher
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Soul searching : the religious and spiritual lives of American teenagers
Soul searching : the religious and spiritual lives of American teenagersLatin American religion in motionResisting Reagan : the U.S. Central America peace movementSouls in transition : the religious and spiritual lives of emerging adultsGoing to the root : nine proposals for radical church renewalWhat is a person? : rethinking humanity, social life, and the moral good from the person upPassing the plate : why American Christians don't give away more moneyDivided by faith : evangelical religion and the problem of race in America
Alternative Names
Christian Smith sociolog american

Christian Smith sociólogo estadounidense

Christian Smith sociologue américain

Smith, Christian

Smith, Christian (Christian Stephen)

Smith, Christian Stephen.

Smith, Christian Stephen 1960-

Smith-Solbakken, Christian

Solbakken, Christian

Кристиан Смит

كريستيان سميث عالم اجتماع أمريكي

English (264)

Spanish (6)