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The Importance of Christianity and Christian Registered Student Organizations at Illinois State University

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Title: The Importance of Christianity and Christian Registered Student Organizations at Illinois State University
Author(s): Sedig, Jakob
Subject(s): Religion ISU Student Organizations
Abstract: This project investigates the topic of Christianity at ISU by asking the following questions: Why is being involved in a Christian Registered Student Organization (RSO’s) important and even necessary for some students at ISU? Has participation in these groups been growing, and if so why? Is this a national trend, or just something that is occurring in central Illinois? What makes a student desire to join such RSO’s? On the basis of library research, participant observation, and interviews, the study finds that, due to increases external pressure and national media attention to Christianity, students have been turning to religious RSO’s more often in recent years. Membership to various organizations has increased dramatically. This trend has not only occurred on ISU’s Campus, but around the nation as well, as witnessed by the Christian Media Explosion. While people join a Christian RSO in need for guidance, they usually stay for the social network. Students often do not want to follow the traditions of their parents, but want to find something new, something from their own generation.
Issue Date: 2005-12-15
Genre: Essay
Type: Text
Publication Status: unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-08-24

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