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The Bible in American Life$
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Philip Goff, Arthur Farnsley, and Peter Thuesen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190468910

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190468910.001.0001

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Feels Right Exegesis

Feels Right Exegesis

Qualitative Research on How Millennials Read the Bible

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The Bible in American Life

J. Derrick Lemons

Oxford University Press

For over a decade, scholars have called for more research about the spiritual lives of American millennials, the age cohort born between the 1980s and early 2000s. Scholars are especially interested in the religious-to-spiritual shift of American millennials. This shift is characterized by highly individualistic millennials leaving traditional forms of religious practice while maintaining a deeply spiritual identity. This chapter seeks to understand the use of the Bible by millennial college students in the southeastern region of the United States. In particular, this chapter uses Ralph Turner’s theory of self-conception to understand how millennials exegete the Bible and how they apply their exegetical model to the social issue of same-sex marriage.

Keywords:   Bible, millennials, same-sex marriage, Obergefell v. Hodges, Christian marriage, civil marriage

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