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Souls in TransitionThe Religious Lives of Emerging Adults in America$
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Christian Smith and Patricia Snell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195371796

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195371796.001.0001

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Making Some Sense of It All

Making Some Sense of It All

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(p.279) 10 Making Some Sense of It All
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Souls in Transition
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Christian Smith (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195371796.003.0011

This concluding chapter contains both summaries of what has been presented in this book as well as some broader interpretations of the findings. In coming to the end of such an investigation, one has to remember the limits to the comprehension that is possible. There is no one summary perspective or integrated interpretation, much less set of identifiable social laws, by which emerging adult religion in America can be understood. Rather, a variety of trends, tendencies, conditions, casual mechanisms, and forces are involved that deserve attention. The chapter highlights and comments on some of the more important of these.

Keywords:   teenagers, emerging adults, religiousness, spiritual lives, religious life

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