This is part of a series of posts in which I’m reflecting on Christian Smith and Patricia Snell’s new book, Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults.
Over the past couple of weeks, I looked at Christian Smith’s latest addition to the excellent corpus of sociological research on religion in America that he’s developed. Souls in Transition charts the religious affections of “emerging adults,” Smith’s term for 18-23 year-olds. Scot did a nice job blogging through the book, and he seemed most interested in the good news therein. He’s also keenly in tune with this age group, since he teaches undergrads. His summary post is here.
For my part, I’m most interested in what happens to Americans between the high school years (the focus of Smith’s last book), and the college years, because I think it tells us something about how well we’re doing at youth ministry. And when looked at it that way, the news isn’t so good.