Kenda begins Part Three, “Cultivating Consequential Faith” of Almost Christian, with chapter six, “Parents Matter Most: The Art of Translation.” Here, Kenda takes a bit of a turn, into the neo-liberal world of theologians like Hans Frei and George Lindbeck. This is particularly interesting to me because it is territory that I know well. I wrote extensively in defense of this line of thinking in my first book, and I have since retreated a bit from that position.
In short, Frei and Lindbeck and me, and now Kenda Dean, argue that a incumbent to Christian catechism and formation is a language that is unique to Christianity. But before Kenda gets to that, she emphasizes what every youth pastor knows and what the NYSR reported conclusively: