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Being Catholic in the Contemporary Philippines

Young People Reinterpreting Religion, 1st Edition

By Jayeel Serrano Cornelio

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186 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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This book, based on extensive original research, examines the nature of Catholicism in the contemporary Philippines. It shows how Catholicism is apparently flourishing, with good attendance at Sunday Masses, impressive religious processions and flourishing charismatic groups, and with interventions by the Catholic hierarchy in national and local politics. However, focusing in particular on the beliefs and practices of young people, the book shows that young people are often adopting a different, more individualised approach to Catholicism, which is frequently out of step with the official position. It considers the features of this: a more personal and experiential relationship with God; a new approach to morality, in which right living is seen as more important than right believing; and a critical view of what is seen as the Catholic hierarchy's misguidedness. The book argues that this reinterpreting of religion by young people has the potential to alter fundamentally the nature of Catholicism in the Philippines, but that, nevertheless, young people's new approach involves a solid, enduring commitment and a strong view of their own Catholic, religious identity.

Table of Contents

1. Young people and the changing face of Christianity 2. Rethinking religious identity 3. Researching youth and religious identity 4. Will the Real Catholic Please Stand Up? 5. Reinterpreting religion: Creative Catholics and their reflexive spirituality 6. Conservative yet liberal: Creative Catholics and their moral attitudes 7. Indwelt Individualisation: Creative Catholics and the emotional anthology of resources 8. The Isolated Generation? 9. Being Catholic

About the Author

Jayeel Serrano Cornelio is Director and Assistant Professor of the Development Studies Program at the Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.

About the Series

Routledge Religion in Contemporary Asia Series

Much work on contemporary religion in Asia considers the subject from the perspective of the great religions, often focusing on the development of official beliefs, and the development of formal institutions.  The books in this series, on the other hand, examine the actual practice of religion in everyday life in modern Asian societies.  They reveal a very rich picture of varying religious practices, many of them new and non-traditional.  The religions of Asia are undergoing much radical change not only communal religious revivalism, but also an explosion of urban piety, popular preaching, charismatic churches, and on-line religion.  The books cover a wide range of subjects in the countries of East, Southeast, South and Central Asia.  The series welcomes innovative approaches to theory and methods in the study of religion and religions, and work which considers religion in relation to culture, politics, ethnicity or gender. 

Bryan S. Turner is Presidential Professor of Sociology, Graduate Center, City University of New York and Professor and Director of the Centre for Religion and Society at the University of Western Sydney.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General