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Got Religion?

Got Religion?

How Churches, Mosques, and Synagogues Can Bring Young People Back

by Naomi Schaefer Riley

"Naomi Schaefer Riley is an astute cultural observer and critic ... For those concerned about the religious lives of emerging adults, Got Religion? will be essential reading."

—Christian Smith, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of sociology and principle investigator, National Study of Youth and Religion

Got Religion? About the Book and Author

Got Religion? About the Book and Author

Why are young people dropping out of religious institutions? Can anything be done to reverse the trend?

Bringing Young People Back: A Q&A with Naomi Schaefer Riley

Bringing Young People Back: A Q&A with Naomi Schaefer Riley

"It may seem old fashioned, but the religious institutions that put down roots in a neighborhood, that say they will serve a particular neighborhood, will stand a better chance of attracting this generation."

Praise for Got Religion?

Praise for Got Religion?

"No one writes about the religious experiences, beliefs, and practices of contemporary Americans more astutely or with great insight than Riley." Read what Princeton professor Robert P. George and others are saying about this book.

Got Religion? Read an Excerpt

Got Religion? Read an Excerpt

Naomi Schaefer Riley examines the reasons young people are leaving religious institutions, why we should care, and how some communities are successfully addressing the problem.

Author Website

Author Website

Learn more about Naomi Schaefer Riley's other books and work at her website here.

Seven Ways to Bring Young People Back

Seven Ways to Bring Young People Back

Lost hope for filling your pews with young people? Here are seven suggestions for bringing them back to your church, mosque or synagogue.

Book Roundtable: Continue the Conversation with our Bloggers

Seeking Community

Seeking Community

James McGrath

Riley suggests that many people post-college find themselves seeking not the highly professional music and speakers but more the sense of community that they had while at college.

Recognizing Young Leaders

Recognizing Young Leaders

Robert Hunt

Riley makes her greatest contribution in reminding us of the simple fact that young people are not the "leaders of the future," they are the leaders of right now. 

Some Valuable Insights, and Some Questions

Some Valuable Insights, and Some Questions

Amber M. Stamper

I found the greatest strength of Riley's work to be the on-the-ground research: the interviews with millennials themselves and the religious leaders who are concerned about the generation and actively working to attract them. I did, however, have a few hesitations about Riley’s approach...

The Challenges Are Far From New

The Challenges Are Far From New

Rabbi Ben Greenberg

What is sorely lacking is a guidebook to dialogue between these two groupings: the churched and the unchurched.

A Compelling Guide to Millennials and Religion

A Compelling Guide to Millennials and Religion

Brandan Robertson

I cannot, as a millennial, recommend this book enough. It gets my generation correct in a way that no other book to date has done.

Got...a new and bigger question?

Got...a new and bigger question?

Heathen Rion Starr

At a number of points, I wanted a larger, bigger-picture, broader conversation than one about how do we get young people to come…back. Is that what matters the most? 

What's a Church to Do?

What's a Church to Do?

Bruce Epperly

How do we help persons in the millennial generation to get to know the way of Jesus again for the first time? How do we enable them to discover that our doors and hearts are open to them wherever they are on life’s journey?

Do Young People Need Religion?

Do Young People Need Religion?

Dan Wilkinson

Implicit in Riley’s study is the idea that religious community is a valuable, perhaps even essential, part of society. But what if it isn’t?

Featured Video:Got Religion? A Q&A with Naomi Schaefer Riley

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