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978-1-4985-5742-9 • Hardback • March 2019 • $105.00 • (£81.00)
978-1-4985-5743-6 • eBook • March 2019 • $99.50 • (£77.00)
Francesca Montemaggi, PhD, is researcher in the fields of sociology and anthropology of morality and religion.
Introduction: Cultivating Authenticity in the Pluralistic Age
Chapter 1: Authenticity, Modernity, and Religion
Chapter 2: Crossing Boundaries in the Field
Chapter 3: The Relational Sociology of Georg Simmel
Chapter 4: Belief as Experiential and Relational
Chapter 5: Authenticity, Self-Transcendence, and Relationality
Chapter 6: Authenticity and Tradition
Chapter 7: Sacralization—Marking the Boundaries of Authenticity
Chapter 8: Relational Authenticity
Chapter 9: The New Monastic Cultivation of Authenticity
Chapter 10: Authenticity in Pluralistic Times
Appendix: The 12 Marks of a New Monasticism
Headlines about the declining interest in religion in many western countries catch the eye but they also conceal evidence about the rise of new forms of Christianity. Francesca Montemaggi’s book is an invaluable guide to recent attempts to launch a dialogue between personal authenticity and Christian traditions, thereby reinventing Christianity for the twenty-first century. Adapting ideas from Georg Simmel, she paints a vivid picture of evangelicals and ‘new monastics’ who cultivate spiritual and moral authenticity through their social relationships and communal activities. Their practices of ‘serving’, showing compassion, and offering hospitality take precedence over beliefs and doctrines. This is a work of theoretical imagination and descriptive richness which will appeal to all readers with a serious interest in religious change against a backdrop of growing diversity and pluralism.
— James A. Beckford, University of Warwick
Montemaggi's book offers a real innovation in the study of both contemporary Christianity and the seductive power of 'authenticity,' moving deftly between multi-site ethnography and a close reading of Simmel's sociological theory.
— James Bielo, Miami University