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Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape

David A. Yamane


How is religious tradition brought into modern society and transformed by modern social forces? Becoming Catholic approaches this broad question through an examination of the process by which individuals become Catholic in a late-modern society: the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). In focusing attention on the parishes that implement this rite of passage and the individuals who go through it, the story of the RCIA provides a window onto the Catholic tradition as it is carried through the flux of modernity. This book argues that “Catholic” is not just a box to be checked, but an i ... More

Keywords: Catholicism, conversion, initiation, rites of passage, religious identity, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, RCIA, tradition, modernity, [Arnold] van Gennep

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199964987
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199964987.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David A. Yamane, author
Wake Forest University