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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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Six Major Religious Types

Six Major Religious Types

(p.166) 6 Six Major Religious Types
Souls in Transition

Christian Smith (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter lays out a typology of emerging adult religious approaches into which most American emerging adults seem to fit. It identifies a limited number of religious types — defined by their religious commitment, knowledge, consistency, and interests — that describe well certain key underlying commonalities shared by different religious sets of emerging adults today. The religious and cultural themes described in Chapters 2 and 5 explain, in part, the features of these types. The typology itself helps to illuminate the multidimensional complexity of religious life among contemporary emerging adults.

Keywords:   emerging adults, religious knowledge, spiritual lives, religious types, religious commitment

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