Concluding Unscientific Postscript

Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton

in Soul Searching

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195180954
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835829 | DOI:
 Concluding Unscientific Postscript

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This chapter discusses some of the possible implications of the National Study of Youth and Religion’s survey for communities of faith. Religious communities should stop presuming that U.S. teenagers are actively alienated by religion, are dropping out of their religious congregations in large numbers, cannot relate to adults in their congregations, and need some radically new “postmodern” type of program or ministry. Instead, parents, pastors, ministers, religious educators, and congregational leaders must improve their ability to engage and challenge the youth already at their disposal, and help them make faith a more active and relevant part of their lives.

Keywords: National Study of Youth and Religion; teenagers; religion; religious life

Chapter.  3905 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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