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In innumerable discussions and actions devoted to greater knowing and supporting childrens, one point of youth existence is interestingly ignored. only a few such efforts pay severe consciousness to the position of faith and spirituality within the lives of yank teenagers. yet many children are very curious about faith. Surveys show that 35% attend non secular companies weekly and one other 15% attend at the least per thirty days. 60% say that spiritual religion is critical of their lives. forty% record that they pray day-by-day. 25% say that they've been "born again." childrens be ok with the congregations they belong to. a few say that religion offers them with counsel and assets for understanding how one can dwell good. what's going within the non secular and non secular lives of yankee childrens? What do they really think? What spiritual practices do they interact in? Do they count on to stay unswerving to the religion in their mom and dad? Or are they leaving behind conventional non secular associations looking for a brand new, extra genuine "spirituality"? This booklet makes an attempt to reply to those and similar questions as definitively as attainable. It stories the findings of The nationwide learn of sweet sixteen and faith, the biggest and so much distinct such research ever undertaken. The NYSR performed a national cellphone survey of youth and demanding caregivers, in addition to approximately three hundred in-depth face-to-face interviews with a pattern of the inhabitants that was once surveyed. the consequences convey that faith and spirituality are certainly very major within the lives of many American childrens. between many different discoveries, they locate that youngsters are way more stimulated via the spiritual ideals and practices in their mom and dad and caregivers than quite often concept. They refute the normal knowledge that children are "spiritual yet now not religious." and so they ensure that better religiosity is considerably linked to extra confident adolescent lifestyles results. This eagerly-awaited quantity not just offers an extraordinary figuring out of adolescent faith and spirituality yet, simply because youngsters function bellwethers for attainable destiny traits, it provides an incredible and unique window wherein to monitor and examine the present kingdom and destiny course of yankee faith as a whole.

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Religious teens? One popular stereotype of American youth casts them as religious dissidents who find their parents’ religious beliefs and practices old and meaningless and want to have little to do with any of it. Is this so? According to NSYR data shown in table 4, about three in four religious teens in the United States consider their own religious beliefs somewhat or very similar to their parents; they are more similar to mother’s than to father’s beliefs (teen similarity to parent religion for nonreligious teens is examined in chapter 3).

Like? ” Kristen goes out to parties, but she first has to call and confirm for her parents that other parents will be home 22 soul searching while the party is on. She goes out to and rents movies, but not R-rated ones. And she can stay out late, past her parents’ bedtime, and spend the night at a friend’s house, but she says she always (eventually) tells the truth about what she did and when she finally came home. Kristen attends a large Christian school that enrolls Christian and nonChristian students.

On the other hand, more than 30 percent hold a deistic, New Age, or simply uncertain picture of God. S. youth have been largely secularized might Table 8. S. S. Belief in God Believes in God Is unsure in belief about God Does not believe in God Views of God A personal being involved in the lives of people today Created the world, but is not involved in world today Not personal, something like a cosmic life force Don’t know/refused/none of these views Does not believe in God Believes in a judgment day when God will reward some and punish others Yes No Don’t know/refused Does not believe in God Religious Tradition CP MP BP RC J LDS NR 84 12 3 94 5 1 86 13 2 97 2 ϳ 85 14 1 72 23 5 84 13 ϳ 49 34 17 65 77 69 74 64 44 76 30 13 10 13 13 17 12 7 15 14 8 13 7 14 33 9 31 5 3 4 1 3 2 5 ϳ 4 1 5 5 8 ϳ 7 17 71 22 4 3 88 10 2 1 63 31 5 2 91 7 2 ϳ 67 28 5 1 25 67 4 5 85 5 9 ϳ 33 43 7 17 Source: National Survey of Youth and Religion, 2002–3.

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