Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers

Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers


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Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers by Christian Smith, Melina Lundquist Denton

In innumerable discussions and activities dedicated to better understanding and helping teenagers, one aspect of teenage life is curiously overlooked. Very few such efforts pay serious attention to the role of religion and spirituality in the lives of American adolescents. But many teenagers are very involved in religion. What is going on in the religious and spiritual lives of American teenagers? What do they actually believe? What religious practices to they engage in? Soul Searching attempts to answer these and related questions as definitively as possible. It reports the findings of The National Study of Youth and Religion, the largest and most detailed such study ever undertaken. The NYSR conducted a nationwide television survey of teens and significant caregivers, as well as nearly 300 in-depth face-to-face interviews with a sample of the population that was originally surveyed. The results show that religion and spirituality are indeed very significant in the lives of many American teenagers.

This eagerly-awaited volume not only provides an unprecedented understanding of adolescent religion and spirituality, but because teenagers serve as bellwethers for future trends, it affords an important and distinctive window through which to observe and assess the current state and future direction of American religion as a whole.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195384772
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/13/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 749,424
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Christian Smith is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, Director of the Center for the Sociology of Religion and Society, and Principal Investigator of the National Study of Youth and Religion. He is the author of Moral, Believing Animals (OUP, 2003), co-author of Divided by Faith (OUP, 2000) and the co-author of the forthcoming Passing the Plate (OUP).
Melinda Lundquist Denton is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Clemson University.

Table of Contents

1. Two Baptist Girls
2. Mapping the Big Picture
3. Spiritual Seekers, the Disengaged, and Religiously Devoted Teens
4. God, Religion, Whatever-Out of the Mouths of Teens
5. Teenage Religion in Social Context
6. Religion and Adolescent Outcomes
6. Conclusion

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wht is this books purpos. Not entertainng at all. Fell asleep twice....let that b self explanitory.