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Teens, Religion & Values
     

Teens, Religion & Values

by Hal Marcovitz
 

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Most young people report that they believe in God, yet recent surveys by the Gallup-Organization have shown that fewer than half of all teenagers in the United States regularly attend church. Is organized religion losing its influence on young people? How many teenagers think about careers in the clergy? This volume examines the influence of religion and values on

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Most young people report that they believe in God, yet recent surveys by the Gallup-Organization have shown that fewer than half of all teenagers in the United States regularly attend church. Is organized religion losing its influence on young people? How many teenagers think about careers in the clergy? This volume examines the influence of religion and values on young people today.

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Children's Literature - Greta Holt
One of the “Gallup Youth Survey : Major Issues and Trends” volumes, this discussion of religion and values is appropriate for schools, religious institutions, and families. It is packed with valuable information about today’s teens and their deepest beliefs. The volume begins with the Columbine students who died professing their faith and are considered martyrs by many youth. Marcovitz reports that today’s teens are more traditional than their parents and believe that they can contribute to making a more peaceful world. The United States is forty-eight percent Protestant, twenty-two percent Catholic, and only two percent Jewish and one percent Muslim, while twenty percent of the population reports no affiliation (Pew, 2012). Interestingly, though, the Gallup poll found in 2003 that fifty-seven percent of students admitted not attending a church or synagogue in the last seven days, and sixty-nine percent did not take part in youth group, religion classes, or choir rehearsals during the same time. Forty-six percent of youth think that cheating is common in their schools and fifty-one percent admit to cheating on a test. According to ARIS research, twenty-two percent of adult Americans live in a split religion household. Forty-six percent of teens think that evolution is a supported scientific theory, while thirty-three percent feel it is just one of many theories and not supported by evidence. An overwhelming majority would support an amendment allowing voluntary prayer in school; but sixty-nine percent want the voluntary prayer time, which includes contemplation, to be silent. A 2011 Gallup poll shows that fifty-one percent of teens view people of the Islamic faith ‘mostly favorably.’ An excellent glossary and hefty sections of Internet resources and further reading are provided. The text is enhanced by colorful pie charts, line graphs, and photographs. Reviewer: Greta Holt; Ages 12 up.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422229620
Publisher:
Mason Crest, an Imprint of National Highlight
Publication date:
09/28/2013
Series:
Gallup Youth Survey: Major Issues and Trends Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1230L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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