Fading Faith Among Emerging Adults

November 3rd, 2011

Emerging adults are unsettled about some of life’s most fundamental issues. Trends such as post modernism and relativism are “confusing,” “debilitating” and “thwart many of them from ever being able to decide what they believe is really true, right and good,” writes writes Notre Dame scholar Christian Smith in Souls in Transition: The Religious & Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults.  Smith and his colleagues launched a major study to understand the role of religion for American youth, tracking 3,290 individuals and surveying them at two key intervals — between age 13 and 17, and again between 18 and 23. Read a review by Jennifer Marshall here.

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