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Studies of young American Catholics over the last three decades suggest a growing crisis in the Catholic Church: compared to their elders, young Catholics are looking to the Church less as they form their identities, and fewer of them can even explain what it means to be Catholic and why that matters.
Young Catholic America, the latest book based on the groundbreaking National Study of Youth and Religion, explores a crucial stage in the life of Catholics. Drawing on in-depth surveys and interviews of Catholics and ex-Catholics ages 18 to 23a demographic commonly known as early "emerging adulthood"leading sociologist Christian Smith and his colleagues offer a wealth of insight into the wide variety of religious practices and beliefs among young Catholics today, the early influences and life-altering events that lead them to embrace the Church or abandon it, and how being Catholic affects them as they become full-fledged adults. Beyond its rich collection of statistical data, the book includes vivid case studies of individuals spanning a full decade, as well as insight into the twentieth-century events that helped to shape the Church and its members in America.
An innovative contribution to what we know about religion in the United States and the evolving Catholic Church, Young Catholic America is the definitive source for anyone seeking to understand what it means to be young and Catholic in America today.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Christian Smith is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society, Director of the Notre Dame Center for Social Research, Principal Investigator of the National Study of Youth and Religion, and Principal Investigator of the Science of Generosity Initiative. He is the author, co-author, or editor of numerous books, including Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Emerging Adults, Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood, and Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers.
Kyle Longest is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Furman University.
Jonathan Hill is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Calvin College.
Kari Christoffersen is a PhD candidate at the University of Notre Dame.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Catholic Emerging Adults in Historical Context: 1945 to 1970
Chapter 2: Emerging Adults Catholics across Four Decades: 1970s to 2000s
Chapter 3: A Statistical Portrait of Catholic Emerging Adults Today
Chapter 4: Emerging Adult Catholics, Their Faith, and the Church in Their Own Words
Excursus: Who Actually IS a ''Catholic?''
Chapter 5: Religious Trajectories from the Teenage Years into Emerging Adulthood
Chapter 6: Catholic Faith and Lifecourse Outcomes
Chapter 7: Does Catholic Schooling Make a Difference?