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Lived Religion: Faith and Practice in Everyday Life

Meredith B. McGuire


What are we to make of the Latina schoolteacher who considers herself a good Catholic, rarely attends Mass, but meditates daily at her home altar (where she mixes images of the Virgin of Guadalupe with those of Frida Kahlo, and traditional votive candles with healing crystals), yet feels particularly spiritual while preparing food for religious celebrations in her neighborhood? Diverse religious practices such as these have long baffled scholars of contemporary religion, whose research started with the assumption that individuals commit, or refuse to commit, to an entire institutionally-define ... More

Keywords: Catholic, Mass, prayer, religious behavior, scripture reading, church attendance, religious celebrations, religious practices, contemporary religion, beliefs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195172621
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172621.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Meredith B. McGuire, author
Trinity University