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The Twentysomething SoulUnderstanding the Religious and Secular Lives of American Young Adults$
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Tim Clydesdale and Kathleen Garces-Foley

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190931353

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190931353.001.0001

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Meet the Twentysomethings

Meet the Twentysomethings

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Meet the Twentysomethings
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The Twentysomething Soul
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Tim Clydesdale

Kathleen Garces-Foley

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190931353.003.0001

Four young adults with thoughtful religious, spiritual, and secular views are profiled. Maria, a devout Catholic Latina who is a graduate student in speech pathology; Jeremy, an enthusiastic Mainline Protestant whose gay and biracial identity left him wary of religion; Lee, an Evangelical convert who switched from a Chinese to a multiracial congregation; and Abby, who rejected the White middle-class Evangelicalism of her childhood for atheism and then adopted an eclectic spirituality. Emerging adulthood is then described, as is the book’s qualitative and survey methodology and its focus on 91% of American twentysomethings who identify as Catholic, Mainline Protestant, Evangelical, or religiously unaffiliated (i.e., Nones). The book’s seven scholarly contributions are stated and the next six chapters are introduced.

Keywords:   emerging adulthood, American young adults, lived religion, spiritual lives, secular identities, religiously unaffiliated (i.e. Nones), life course, Protestant, Catholic, methodology

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