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Soul Searching The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers

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ISBN-10: 019518095X

ISBN-13: 9780195180954

Edition: 2005

Authors: Christian Smith, Melina Lundquist Denton

List price: $44.95
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In most discussions and analyses of American teenage life, one major topic is curiously overlooked--religion. Yet most American teens say that religious faith is important in their lives. What is going on in the religious and spiritual lives of American teenagers? What do they actually believe? What religious practices do they engage in? Do they expect to remain loyal to the faith of their parents? Or are they abandoning traditional religious institutions in search of a new, more"authentic" spirituality? Answering these and many other questions, Soul Searching tells the definitive story of the religious and spiritual lives of contemporary American teenagers.
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Book details

List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/24/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.672

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.

Two Baptist girls
Mapping the big picture
Spiritual seekers, the disengaged, and religiously devoted teens
God, religion, whatever : on moralistic therapeutic deism
American adolescent religion in social context
On Catholic teens
Adolescent religion and life outcomes
Concluding unscientific postscript : observations and implications of NSYR findings for religious communities and youth workers
Race, class, gender, etcetera : demographic differences in U.S. teenage religiosity
Survey methodology
Interviews methodology
Teen religious denominational category codings