The Twentysomething Soul: Understanding the Religious and Secular Lives of American Young Adults

ISBN : 9780190931353

Tim Clydesdale; Kathleen Garces-Foley
256 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Sep 2019
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Today's twentysomethings have been labeled the "lost generation" for their presumed inability to identify and lead fulfilling lives, "kidults" for their alleged refusal to "grow up" and accept adult responsibilities, and the "least religious generation" for their purported disinterest in religion and spirituality. These characterizations are not only unflattering - they are wrong.

The Twentysomething Soul tells an optimistic story about American twentysomethings by introducing readers to the full spectrum of American young adults, many of whom live purposefully, responsibly, and reflectively. Some prioritize faith and involvement in a religious congregation. Others reject their childhood religion to explore alternatives and practice a personal spirituality. Still others sideline religion and spirituality until their lives get settled, or reject organized religion completely.
Drawing from interviews with more than 200 young adults, as well as national survey of 1,880 twentysomethings, Tim Clydesdale and Kathleen Garces-Foley seek to change the way we view contemporary young adults, giving an accurate and refreshing understanding of their religious, spiritual, and secular lives.


Chapter 1: Meet the Twentysomethings
Chapter 2: The New Young Adulthood and Religion
Chapter 3: Catholics
Chapter 4: Mainline Protestants Chapter 5: Evangelicals
Chapter 6: Nones
Chapter 7: Practical Postmoderns Afterword
Methodological Appendix

About the author: 

Tim Clydesdale is Professor of Sociology at the College of New Jersey. He is the author of The Purposeful Graduate: Why Colleges Must Talk to Students about Vocation and The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens after High School.
Kathleen Garces-Foley is Professor of Religious Studies at Marymount University. She is the author of Crossing the Ethnic Divide: The Multiethnic Church on a Mission and editor of Death and Religion in a Changing World.

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