Souls in Transition – Does Religion Make a Difference?

Does religion matter when it comes to how emerging adults live? Does your religion make a difference in your everyday choices? This is the theme of the ninth chapter of Souls in Transition. In previous chapters emerging adults had been divided into religious groups: conservative Protestant, mainline Protestant, black Protestant, Catholic, Mormon, Jewish, other religion … Continue reading Souls in Transition – Does Religion Make a Difference?

Souls in Transition – How does College affect Spiritual Life?

Does going to college cause Christians to walk away from their faith? To many people this seems like a question whose answer is a foregone conclusion. It is widely believed that university education is detrimental to religion. Christian parents fear what will happen to the faith of their children when they go away to college. … Continue reading Souls in Transition – How does College affect Spiritual Life?

Souls in Transition – Six Types of Emerging Adults

Saying things like "most emerging adults are leaving religion" or "many emerging adults are spiritual" are dangerous generalizations in their vagueness. The truth is that all emerging adults, all people, are unique. Therefore, while Smith and Snell in the sixth chapter of Souls in Transition illustrate six major religious types of emerging adults, they do … Continue reading Souls in Transition – Six Types of Emerging Adults

Souls in Transition – Role of Campus Ministry in Lives of Emerging Adults

The fourth chapter of Souls in Transition is loaded with statistics! Smith and Snell trace the changes that occur as teenagers move into young (emerging) adulthood. Reading through the chapter a pattern appears. First, three groups see little decline in numbers, and perhaps in some areas a growth in commitment, during these years: evangelical Protestants, … Continue reading Souls in Transition – Role of Campus Ministry in Lives of Emerging Adults

Souls in Transition: Historical Perspectives and some Sociology

One of my favorite classes when I was a student at Penn State was Sociology of Religion with Roger Finke. He was a knowledgeable and likeable professor who taught with a passion. I enjoyed the class and Dr. Finke so much that I ended up asking him to write one of my recommendations for seminary! … Continue reading Souls in Transition: Historical Perspectives and some Sociology