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Spiritual Seekers, the Disengaged, and Religiously Devoted Teens

Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton

in Soul Searching

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195180954
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835829 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019518095X.003.0004
 Spiritual Seekers, the Disengaged, and Religiously Devoted Teens

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This chapter examines three specific groups of American teenagers: “religious seekers” who claim to be “spiritual but not religious”, teenagers who identify themselves as nonreligious and who never attend religious services, and teens who are highly religiously active and devoted. It is shown that most American teenagers espouse rather inclusive, pluralistic, and individualistic views about religious truth, identity boundaries, and need for religious congregation. Parents of teenagers strongly influence the character of their children’s religious lives. Teens who are more religiously serious and active are also more likely to be involved in a larger number of other programs — clubs, hobby groups, sports, or other organized activities; less religiously active teens tend to be involved in fewer.

Keywords: American teenagers; teens; adolescents; religion; religious life; religious seekers; spirituality

Chapter.  22661 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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