In chapter 7, “Going Viral for Jesus: The Art of Testimony,” Kenda begins by tackling three of the questions that I heard voiced after Soul Searching came out.
First: Maybe the teens interviewed by the NYSR were just uncomfortable talking to adults about their faith.
Second: Maybe teens are deeply religious but just talk about it differently than the adult researchers wanted them to.
And third: Maybe teens are just generally inarticulate, but still deeply religious.
Kenda acknowledges that any of these is potentially valid (even devastating) criticism of the NSYR. However, she counters that there were, in fact, many teens in the NSYR who could clearly articulate what they believed and why. So, she writes, it is possible for a teen to be deeply religious and articulate about religious matters.