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The Twentysomething Soul: Understanding the Religious and Secular Lives of American Young Adults

Tim Clydesdale and Kathleen Garces-Foley


Few realize how much Americans’ journey through their twenties has changed during the past half-century or understand how incorrect popular assumptions about young adults’ religious, spiritual, and secular lives are. Today’s twentysomethings have been labelled the “lost generation”—for their presumed inability to identify and lead fulfilling lives, “kidults”—for their alleged refusal to “grow up” and accept adult responsibilities, and the “least religious generation”—for their purported disinterest in religion and spirituality. These characterizations are not only unflattering, they are deeply ... More

Keywords: American young adults, emerging adulthood, religion, spirituality, secular, religiously unaffiliated (i.e. Nones), Christianity, life course, Protestant, Catholic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190931353
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190931353.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Clydesdale, author
Professor of Sociology, The College of New Jersey

Kathleen Garces-Foley, author
Professor of Religious Studies, Marymount University