The wobbly religious lives of young people emerging into adulthood
By Naomi Schaefer Riley,Wall Street Journal
College professors have been complaining about their students since the beginning of time, and not without reason. But in the past several years more that a few professors—to judge by my conversations with a wide range of them—have noticed an occasional bright light shining out from the dull, party-going, anti-intellectual masses who stare back at them from class to class. Young men and women from strong religious backgrounds, these professors say, often do better than their peers, if only because they are more engaged with liberal-arts subject matter and more inclined to study with diligence.
If you want to get a sense of why this might be so, look no further than “Souls in Transition,” by Notre Dame sociologist Christian Smith. Examining the data from his vast longitudinal National Study of Youth and Religion, “Souls” uses statistics and face-to-face interviews to paint a picture—not necessarily a pretty one—of the moral and spiritual lives of 18- to 24-year-olds in America.
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