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After the baby boomers : how twenty-and thirty-somethings are shaping the future of American religion /
Robert Wuthnow.
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Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2007.
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xviii, 298 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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0691127654, 9780691127651
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Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2007.
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0691127654
9780691127651
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American religion -- The changing life worlds of young adults -- Going to church-or not -- The major faith communities -- The Bible tells me so (I think) -- Spirituality and spiritual practices -- Faith and family -- The divided generation -- Emerging trends -- The virtual church -- Vital congregations.
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6250437
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Robert Wuthnow is the Gerhard R. Andlinger '52 Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University
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"Every generation is different, and in the post-boomers we have one that is as different as it gets. For those of us who care deeply about addressing the spiritual needs of this 'next wave, ' Robert Wuthnow has given us an indispensable guide in this important book."--Richard J. Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary"Interesting and illuminating. There is a great deal of anxiety about the future of the church and its relation to young adults. This book speaks to those concerns, provides some sound empirical data for people to chew on, and will be often referenced."--Christian Smith, coauthor of "Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers""This book is a contribution for church leaders and others concerned about young adults and their involvements in organized religion. The data are new and valuable and shed new insights into the intricacies of religious commitment in our society. There is no other book I am aware of quite like this one."--Wade Clark Roof, author of "Spiritual Marketplace: Baby Boomers and the Remaking of American Religion"
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-02-01:
Members of one generation differ from preceding generations because their social environments and experiences are different. Younger adults of today differ from the baby boomers, and are not well-understood as a cohort, according to Wuthnow (Princeton), who writes from his analysis of "several dozen national surveys" conducted over the past 35 years. He identifies seven key trends in the "life worlds" of contemporary young adults, which have defining impact and significance for their relationship with religion in America. These trends are delayed marriage, fewer children and later childbirth, uncertainties of work and money, higher education, loosening relationships, globalization, and a culture based on an information explosion. Wuthnow uses these issues to outline his analysis of this "after-boomer" generation and its impact on religion. His notes and an expanded appendix amply keep his analyses and conclusions rooted in the research. This is clearly a sociological work. But nonsociologists, who are concerned about the young adults of this generation and their relationships to organized religion, will find this book worth serious attention. The first several pages of Wuthnow's concluding chapter should be thoughtfully considered and discussed by American religious leaders of all faiths. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners. R. L. Herrick emeritus, Westmar University
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2007-07-11:
In a volume sure to change how pundits and clergy think about religion in the contemporary U.S., prolific Princeton sociologist Wuthnow (American Mythos) assembles and analyzes a vast amount of data about the religious lives of Americans aged 21 to 45. His interests include the extent to which younger adults participate in organized worship, as well as how they think about spirituality, the relationship between religion and politics, and theology. Wuthnow insists that in some ways, today's younger adults are similar to their boomer parents-the vitality of small groups, for example, is nothing new. But there are key differences, chief among them the tendency of today's younger adults to remain single longer than ever before. Married people are significantly more likely to participate in religious communities; at the same time, participation in at least some religious groups may make marriage more likely. Wuthnow argues that our society provides lots of structural support for children and teens, but leaves younger adults to fend for themselves during the decades when they're making crucial decisions about family and work. Though long passages of dense statistics make for a sometimes clunky read, this book is terrifically important. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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As generations pass and distance grows, so do the values which issues from the body of believers gathered in...the church...Robert Wuthnow's important new book After the Baby Boomers ...is a potential wake-up signal, an alarm blast.
As generations pass and distance grows, so do the values which issues from the body of believers gathered in...the church...Robert Wuthnow's important new bookAfter the Baby Boomers...is a potential wake-up signal, an alarm blast.
"As generations pass and distance grows, so do the values which issues from the body of believers gathered in...the church...Robert Wuthnow's important new book After the Baby Boomers ...is a potential wake-up signal, an alarm blast."-- Martin Marty, Sightings
Wuthnow shares the concerns of religious and spiritual leaders because...he understands the great benefits religion provides society...[A] precise study... After the Baby Boomers is a work of social science [that paints] a detailed picture of the lives of young adults today. -- Patton Dodd, Shambhala Sun
Wuthnow shares the concerns of religious and spiritual leaders because...he understands the great benefits religion provides society...[A] precise study...After the Baby Boomersis a work of social science [that paints] a detailed picture of the lives of young adults today. -- Patton Dodd, Shambhala Sun
Wuthnow's text is a refreshing read. . . . [He] does an excellent job of addressing the cultural shifts that explain why it is the case the young adults are less involved in religious institutions. As a macrolevel study, he astutely ties personal level practices to larger social forces, and tacitly employs the sociological imagination--a skill that non-academic readers could find informative.
This book is a contribution for church leaders and others concerned about young adults and their involvements in organized religion. The data are new and valuable and shed new insights into the intricacies of religious commitment in our society. There is no other book I am aware of quite like this one.
"Robert Wuthnow, [a] distinguished sociologist of religion...focuses on...a group that is not just the harbinger of the future but that already constitutes about half the country's adult population. Wuthnow has a great deal to say about marriage, weddings, marital happiness and parenting [and] describes modest changes in worship services and programs that might help congregations engage young adults, especially unmarried ones."-- Peter Steinfels, New York Times
In a volume sure to change how pundits and clergy think about religion in the contemporary U.S., prolific Princeton sociologist Wuthnow assembles and analyzes a vast amount of data about the religious lives of Americans aged 21 to 45... Wuthnow argues that our society provides lots of structural support for children and teens, but leaves younger adults to fend for themselves during the decades when they're making crucial decisions about family and work. Though long passages of dense statistics make for a sometimes clunky read, this book is terrifically important.
In a volume sure to change how pundits and clergy think about religion in the contemporary U.S., prolific Princeton sociologist Wuthnow assembles and analyzes a vast amount of data about the religious lives of Americans aged 21 to 45... Wuthnow argues that our society provides lots of structural support for children and teens, but leaves younger adults to fend for themselves during the decades when they're making crucial decisions about family and work. Though long passages of dense statistics make for a sometimes clunky read, this book is terrifically important. -- Publishers Weekly
Robert Wuthnow, [a] distinguished sociologist of religion...focuses on...a group that is not just the harbinger of the future but that already constitutes about half the country's adult population. Wuthnow has a great deal to say about marriage, weddings, marital happiness and parenting [and] describes modest changes in worship services and programs that might help congregations engage young adults, especially unmarried ones.
Robert Wuthnow of Princeton has just published a tremendously valuable book, After the Baby Boomers that looks at young adulthood through the prism of religious practice. -- David Brooks, New York Times
Robert Wuthnow of Princeton has just published a tremendously valuable book,After the Baby Boomersthat looks at young adulthood through the prism of religious practice. -- David Brooks, New York Times
The strength of this book lies . . . in its careful analysis of a very wide range of largely quantitative data. Wuthnow is bitingly critical of sociologists of religion--particularly rational choice theorists--whose work is long on theory and short on evidence. This volume exemplifies the opposite--long on evidence, shorter on theory and explanation.
Every generation is different, and in the post-boomers we have one that is as different as it gets. For those of us who care deeply about addressing the spiritual needs of this 'next wave,' Robert Wuthnow has given us an indispensable guide in this important book.
Interesting and illuminating. There is a great deal of anxiety about the future of the church and its relation to young adults. This book speaks to those concerns, provides some sound empirical data for people to chew on, and will be often referenced.
Wuthnow shares the concerns of religious and spiritual leaders because...he understands the great benefits religion provides society...[A] precise study...After the Baby Boomersis a work of social science [that paints] a detailed picture of the lives of young adults today.
Wuthnow's text is a refreshing read. . . . [He] does an excellent job of addressing the cultural shifts that explain why it is the case the young adults are less involved in religious institutions. As a macrolevel study, he astutely ties personal level practices to larger social forces, and tacitly employs the sociological imagination--a skill that non-academic readers could find informative. -- Katrina C. Hoop, International Review of Modern Sociology
Wuthnow's book stands out as a timely, comprehensive, and thoughtful effort. Mixing a tremendous amount of empirical survey evidence with detailed qualitative interviews, the book covers a lot of ground, including emerging issues pertaining to immigration and new technology. Posing a number of smart questions that are ripe for political science answers, it is a sophisticated and yet accessible commentary on the future of American religion that is more than deserving of a place on bookshelves. -- Anand Edward Sokhey, Cambridge Journals
"Wuthnow's text is a refreshing read. . . . [He] does an excellent job of addressing the cultural shifts that explain why it is the case the young adults are less involved in religious institutions. As a macrolevel study, he astutely ties personal level practices to larger social forces, and tacitly employs the sociological imagination--a skill that non-academic readers could find informative."-- Katrina C. Hoop, International Review of Modern Sociology
"This is an interesting book. . . . The object lesson in the skillful analysis of survey data is instructive, and the call to focus more analysis on young adults (especially this generation of young adults) is timely and thoughtful."-- Anthony J. Filipovitch, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
This is an interesting book. . . . The object lesson in the skillful analysis of survey data is instructive, and the call to focus more analysis on young adults (especially this generation of young adults) is timely and thoughtful. -- Anthony J. Filipovitch, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
Wuthnow has analyzed an impressive array of data and provided a thought provoking argument about the future, and the present, of American religion.
"Wuthnow has analyzed an impressive array of data and provided a thought provoking argument about the future, and the present, of American religion."-- Matthew T. Loveland, Catholic Books Review
Wuthnow has analyzed an impressive array of data and provided a thought provoking argument about the future, and the present, of American religion. -- Matthew T. Loveland, Catholic Books Review
"Wuthnow's book stands out as a timely, comprehensive, and thoughtful effort. Mixing a tremendous amount of empirical survey evidence with detailed qualitative interviews, the book covers a lot of ground, including emerging issues pertaining to immigration and new technology. Posing a number of smart questions that are ripe for political science answers, it is a sophisticated and yet accessible commentary on the future of American religion that is more than deserving of a place on bookshelves."-- Anand Edward Sokhey, Cambridge Journals
"Wuthnow shares the concerns of religious and spiritual leaders because...he understands the great benefits religion provides society...[A] precise study... After the Baby Boomers is a work of social science [that paints] a detailed picture of the lives of young adults today."-- Patton Dodd, Shambhala Sun
Wuthnow's book stands out as a timely, comprehensive, and thoughtful effort. Mixing a tremendous amount of empirical survey evidence with detailed qualitative interviews, the book covers a lot of ground, including emerging issues pertaining to immigration and new technology. Posing a number of smart questions that are ripe for political science answers, it is a sophisticated and yet accessible commentary on the future of American religion that is more than deserving of a place on bookshelves.
"[This book provides] a challenge to think more broadly about the future of the church, assisted by a leading sociologist's analysis of current trends."-- Brian D. McLaren, Christian Century
[This book provides] a challenge to think more broadly about the future of the church, assisted by a leading sociologist's analysis of current trends. -- Brian D. McLaren, Christian Century
This is an interesting book. . . . The object lesson in the skillful analysis of survey data is instructive, and the call to focus more analysis on young adults (especially this generation of young adults) is timely and thoughtful.
The strength of this book lies . . . in its careful analysis of a very wide range of largely quantitative data. Wuthnow is bitingly critical of sociologists of religion--particularly rational choice theorists--whose work is long on theory and short on evidence. This volume exemplifies the opposite--long on evidence, shorter on theory and explanation. -- Linda Woodhead, Religion Journal
"The strength of this book lies . . . in its careful analysis of a very wide range of largely quantitative data. Wuthnow is bitingly critical of sociologists of religion--particularly rational choice theorists--whose work is long on theory and short on evidence. This volume exemplifies the opposite--long on evidence, shorter on theory and explanation."-- Linda Woodhead, Religion Journal
Robert Wuthnow of Princeton has just published a tremendously valuable book,After the Baby Boomersthat looks at young adulthood through the prism of religious practice.
Robert Wuthnow of Princeton has just published a tremendously valuable book, After the Baby Boomers that looks at young adulthood through the prism of religious practice.
"Robert Wuthnow of Princeton has just published a tremendously valuable book, After the Baby Boomers that looks at young adulthood through the prism of religious practice."-- David Brooks, New York Times
Robert Wuthnow, [a] distinguished sociologist of religion...focuses on...a group that is not just the harbinger of the future but that already constitutes about half the country's adult population. Wuthnow has a great deal to say about marriage, weddings, marital happiness and parenting [and] describes modest changes in worship services and programs that might help congregations engage young adults, especially unmarried ones. -- Peter Steinfels, New York Times
"In a volume sure to change how pundits and clergy think about religion in the contemporary U.S., prolific Princeton sociologist Wuthnow assembles and analyzes a vast amount of data about the religious lives of Americans aged 21 to 45... Wuthnow argues that our society provides lots of structural support for children and teens, but leaves younger adults to fend for themselves during the decades when theyre making crucial decisions about family and work. Though long passages of dense statistics make for a sometimes clunky read, this book is terrifically important."-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Open any page of Robert Wuthnow's latest book, After the Baby Boomers , and you are sure to find a nugget of data that will add nuance to some of the well-worn assumptions about he religious lives of the so-called Generation X.
Princeton University's Robert Wuthnow, the most distinguished sociologist of religion in America today, has presented a timely and important text for pastors and those who are concerned about the future of religious communities in America.After the Baby Boomersoffers pastors and church leaders an important text to ponder. Wuthnow places his finger on many issues that the church must confront. -- Andrew Root, Word & World
Princeton University's Robert Wuthnow, the most distinguished sociologist of religion in America today, has presented a timely and important text for pastors and those who are concerned about the future of religious communities in America. After the Baby Boomers offers pastors and church leaders an important text to ponder. Wuthnow places his finger on many issues that the church must confront. -- Andrew Root, Word & World
Christian leaders who are ready for change will not find a prescription or program in After the Baby Boomers . What they will find is a challenge to think more broadly about the future of the church, assisted by a leading sociologist's analysis of current trends. And they will find something else: a sympathetic voice speaking on behalf of young adults who are highly interested in God, highly in need of guidance and support, highly networked and networkable, highly available to be equipped for vital mission, and largely uninspired by what churches are currently doing...I find myself even more eager to be part of the solution to the problems raised by Wuthnow. Much is at stake. -- Brian McLaren, Christian Century
As generations pass and distance grows, so do the values which issues from the body of believers gathered in...the church...Robert Wuthnow's important new bookAfter the Baby Boomers...is a potential wake-up signal, an alarm blast. -- Martin Marty, Sightings
Wuthnow shares the concerns of religious and spiritual leaders because...he understands the great benefits religion provides society...[A] precise study... After the Baby Boomers is a work of social science [that paints] a detailed picture of the lives of young adults today.
Princeton University's Robert Wuthnow, the most distinguished sociologist of religion in America today, has presented a timely and important text for pastors and those who are concerned about the future of religious communities in America.After the Baby Boomersoffers pastors and church leaders an important text to ponder. Wuthnow places his finger on many issues that the church must confront.
"Princeton University's Robert Wuthnow, the most distinguished sociologist of religion in America today, has presented a timely and important text for pastors and those who are concerned about the future of religious communities in America. After the Baby Boomers offers pastors and church leaders an important text to ponder. Wuthnow places his finger on many issues that the church must confront."-- Andrew Root, Word & World
"Open any page of Robert Wuthnows latest book, After the Baby Boomers , and you are sure to find a nugget of data that will add nuance to some of the well-worn assumptions about he religious lives of the so-called Generation X."-- Michelle Dillon, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
As generations pass and distance grows, so do the values which issues from the body of believers gathered in...the church...Robert Wuthnow's important new book After the Baby Boomers ...is a potential wake-up signal, an alarm blast. -- Martin Marty, Sightings
After the Baby Boomersis a dense but fascinating read; I had trouble deciding which chapters not to assign to my classes. . . . Every chapter of this book contains questions churches and religious leaders must face--and soon. -- Kenda Creasy Dean, Theology Today
" After the Baby Boomers is a dense but fascinating read; I had trouble deciding which chapters not to assign to my classes. . . . Every chapter of this book contains questions churches and religious leaders must face--and soon."-- Kenda Creasy Dean, Theology Today
After the Baby Boomers is a dense but fascinating read; I had trouble deciding which chapters not to assign to my classes. . . . Every chapter of this book contains questions churches and religious leaders must face--and soon.
After the Baby Boomersis a dense but fascinating read; I had trouble deciding which chapters not to assign to my classes. . . . Every chapter of this book contains questions churches and religious leaders must face--and soon.
Robert Wuthnow has analyzed an impressive array of data and provided a thought provoking argument about the future, and the present, of American religion.
"Robert Wuthnow has analyzed an impressive array of data and provided a thought provoking argument about the future, and the present, of American religion."-- Matthew T. Loveland, Catholic Books Review
Christian leaders who are ready for change will not find a prescription or program inAfter the Baby Boomers. What they will find is a challenge to think more broadly about the future of the church, assisted by a leading sociologist's analysis of current trends. And they will find something else: a sympathetic voice speaking on behalf of young adults who are highly interested in God, highly in need of guidance and support, highly networked and networkable, highly available to be equipped for vital mission, and largely uninspired by what churches are currently doing...I find myself even more eager to be part of the solution to the problems raised by Wuthnow. Much is at stake.
Robert Wuthnow has analyzed an impressive array of data and provided a thought provoking argument about the future, and the present, of American religion. -- Matthew T. Loveland, Catholic Books Review
[This book provides] a challenge to think more broadly about the future of the church, assisted by a leading sociologist's analysis of current trends.
Open any page of Robert Wuthnow's latest book,After the Baby Boomers, and you are sure to find a nugget of data that will add nuance to some of the well-worn assumptions about he religious lives of the so-called Generation X.
After the Baby Boomers is a dense but fascinating read; I had trouble deciding which chapters not to assign to my classes. . . . Every chapter of this book contains questions churches and religious leaders must face--and soon. -- Kenda Creasy Dean, Theology Today
Open any page of Robert Wuthnow's latest book, After the Baby Boomers , and you are sure to find a nugget of data that will add nuance to some of the well-worn assumptions about he religious lives of the so-called Generation X. -- Michelle Dillon, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Princeton University's Robert Wuthnow, the most distinguished sociologist of religion in America today, has presented a timely and important text for pastors and those who are concerned about the future of religious communities in America. After the Baby Boomers offers pastors and church leaders an important text to ponder. Wuthnow places his finger on many issues that the church must confront.
Open any page of Robert Wuthnow's latest book,After the Baby Boomers, and you are sure to find a nugget of data that will add nuance to some of the well-worn assumptions about he religious lives of the so-called Generation X. -- Michelle Dillon, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
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"Every generation is different, and in the post-boomers we have one that is as different as it gets. For those of us who care deeply about addressing the spiritual needs of this 'next wave,' Robert Wuthnow has given us an indispensable guide in this important book."--Richard J. Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary "Interesting and illuminating. There is a great deal of anxiety about the future of the church and its relation to young adults. This book speaks to those concerns, provides some sound empirical data for people to chew on, and will be often referenced."--Christian Smith, coauthor of Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers "This book is a contribution for church leaders and others concerned about young adults and their involvements in organized religion. The data are new and valuable and shed new insights into the intricacies of religious commitment in our society. There is no other book I am aware of quite like this one."--Wade Clark Roof, author of Spiritual Marketplace: Baby Boomers and the Remaking of American Religion
Main Description
Much has been written about the profound impact the post-World War II baby boomers had on American religion. But the lifestyles and beliefs of the generation that has followed--and the influence these younger Americans in their twenties and thirties are having on the face of religion--are not so well understood. It is this next wave of post-boomers that Robert Wuthnow examines in this illuminating book. What are their churchgoing habits and spiritual interests and needs? How does their faith affect their families, their communities, and their politics? Interpreting new evidence from scores of in-depth interviews and surveys, Wuthnow reveals a generation of younger adults who, unlike the baby boomers that preceded them, are taking their time establishing themselves in careers, getting married, starting families of their own, and settling down--resulting in an estimated six million fewer regular churchgoers. He shows how the recent growth in evangelicalism is tapering off, and traces how biblical literalism, while still popular, is becoming less dogmatic and more preoccupied with practical guidance. At the same time, Wuthnow explains how conflicts between religious liberals and conservatives continue--including among new immigrant groups such as Hispanics and Asians--and how in the absence of institutional support many post-boomers have taken a more individualistic, improvised approach to spirituality. Wuthnow's fascinating analysis also explores the impacts of the Internet and so-called virtual churches, and the appeal of megachurches. After the Baby Boomersoffers us a tantalizing look at the future of American religion for decades to come.
Main Description
Much has been written about the profound impact the post-World War II baby boomers had on American religion. But the lifestyles and beliefs of the generation that has followed--and the influence these younger Americans in their twenties and thirties are having on the face of religion--are not so well understood. It is this next wave of post-boomers that Robert Wuthnow examines in this illuminating book. What are their churchgoing habits and spiritual interests and needs? How does their faith affect their families, their communities, and their politics? Interpreting new evidence from scores of in-depth interviews and surveys, Wuthnow reveals a generation of younger adults who, unlike the baby boomers that preceded them, are taking their time establishing themselves in careers, getting married, starting families of their own, and settling down--resulting in an estimated six million fewer regular churchgoers. He shows how the recent growth in evangelicalism is tapering off, and traces how biblical literalism, while still popular, is becoming less dogmatic and more preoccupied with practical guidance. At the same time, Wuthnow explains how conflicts between religious liberals and conservatives continue--including among new immigrant groups such as Hispanics and Asians--and how in the absence of institutional support many post-boomers have taken a more individualistic, improvised approach to spirituality. Wuthnow's fascinating analysis also explores the impacts of the Internet and so-called virtual churches, and the appeal of megachurches. After the Baby Boomers offers us a tantalizing look at the future of American religion for decades to come.
Bowker Data Service Summary
As Americans live longer, younger adulthood is also lengthening. 'The Next Wave' describes the lifestyles and beliefs of Americans in their twenties and thirties, comparing them with baby boomers a generation ago, and showing how religion is being influenced by these changes.
Back Cover Copy
"Every generation is different, and in the post-boomers we have one that is as different as it gets. For those of us who care deeply about addressing the spiritual needs of this 'next wave,' Robert Wuthnow has given us an indispensable guide in this important book."-- Richard J. Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary "Interesting and illuminating. There is a great deal of anxiety about the future of the church and its relation to young adults. This book speaks to those concerns, provides some sound empirical data for people to chew on, and will be often referenced."-- Christian Smith, coauthor of Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers "This book is a contribution for church leaders and others concerned about young adults and their involvements in organized religion. The data are new and valuable and shed new insights into the intricacies of religious commitment in our society. There is no other book I am aware of quite like this one."-- Wade Clark Roof, author of Spiritual Marketplace: Baby Boomers and the Remaking of American Religion
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
American Religion
An Uncertain Futurep. 1
How to Think about Younger Adultsp. 3
The Population of Young Adultsp. 7
Coming of Age at Fortyp. 9
The Religious Significance of Young Adultsp. 12
A Generation of Tinkerersp. 13
An Uncertain Futurep. 17
The Changing Life Worlds of Young Adults
Seven Key Trendsp. 20
Delayed Marriagep. 21
Children-- Fewer and Laterp. 24
Uncertainties of Work and Moneyp. 28
Higher Education (for Some)p. 36
Loosening Relationshipsp. 37
Globalizationp. 42
Culture--An Information Explosionp. 44
Summing Upp. 49
Going to Church--Or Not
Who Participates in Congregations?p. 51
Attendance in Two Time Periodsp. 52
The Reasons for Declining Participationp. 54
A Closer Look at Marriage and Childrenp. 62
Communitiesp. 65
Is the United States Becoming Like Europe?p. 66
The Profile of Regular Church Goersp. 68
Religious Attendance in Perspectivep. 69
The Major Faith Communities
Thinking Beyond Winners and Losersp. 71
The Significance of Young Adultsp. 72
The Major Faith Traditionsp. 75
Evangelicals and Mainline Protestantsp. 77
Black Protestants, Catholics, and Jewsp. 84
Other Faiths and the Nonaffiliatedp. 86
Beyond Winners and Losersp. 87
The Bible Tells Me so (I Think)
Recent Trends in Religious Beliefsp. 89
Some Possible Scenariosp. 90
Decline in Orthodox Beliefsp. 96
Orthodoxy, with Rising Secularityp. 98
Countervailing Effects of Diversityp. 101
Orthodoxy Mixed with Heterodoxyp. 103
Different Trends among Educational Categoriesp. 107
Changing Relationships with Educationp. 108
Different Trends among Faith Communitiesp. 110
Spirituality and Spiritual Practices
The Role of Faith in Personal Lifep. 112
Church Shopping and Hoppingp. 114
Social Networksp. 117
Civilityp. 120
Are Converts Different?p. 123
Seeking Answersp. 124
Spiritual Practicesp. 127
Music and Artp. 129
Spiritual but Not Religious?p. 131
The Nature of Spiritual Tinkeringp. 134
Faith and Family
Facing the Difficult Choicesp. 136
Considering Marriagep. 136
Having Sexp. 138
Weddingsp. 139
Marital Happinessp. 141
Parentingp. 142
Right and Wrongp. 145
Empathyp. 148
Threats to Today's Familiesp. 149
Seeking Supportp. 151
Religious and Ethnic Diversityp. 152
Faith Mattersp. 155
The Divided Generation
Religion and Public Lifep. 157
The Split between Conservatives and Liberalsp. 160
Civil Religionp. 163
Voting in Presidential Electionsp. 167
Mixing Religion and Politicsp. 171
Hot-Button Issues: Abortionp. 173
Hot-Button Issues: Homosexualityp. 174
The Religious Rightp. 177
War and Peacep. 179
Why It Mattersp. 180
Emerging Trends
Immigration and Ethnic Diversityp. 183
Hispanic Catholicsp. 183
A Note on Hispanic Protestantsp. 187
Asian Americansp. 188
Hospitality or Hostilityp. 193
A Closer Look at Church Involvementp. 197
The Virtual Church
Religious Uses of the Internetp. 201
Religion Websitesp. 201
Social Issuesp. 203
The Internet and Religious Musicp. 206
Staying in Touch by E-mailp. 207
The Internet and Spiritual Seekingp. 209
Congregations and the Internetp. 212
Vital Congregations
Youthful and Diversep. 214
The Profile of Youthful Congregationsp. 219
Minichurch or Megachurchp. 221
Alternative Styles of Worshipp. 223
Meeting the Changing Needs of Familiesp. 225
Interreligious Programsp. 226
Opportunities for International Ministryp. 227
Opportunities for Servicep. 228
A Future for Congregationsp. 230
Appendixp. 233
The National Young Adults and Religion Studyp. 233
Methodologyp. 234
The Surveys and Other Datap. 238
Qualitative Interviewsp. 247
Supplementary Tablesp. 251
Notesp. 255
Selected Bibliographyp. 279
Indexp. 293
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