Youth Truth

Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers
by Christian Smith, with Melinda Lundquist Denton
Oxford University Press, 2005
(368 pages, $25.00, hardcover)

reviewed by W. Bradford Wilcox

A probing and provocative look at the souls of American teenagers, Soul Searching will, at various turns, leave Christians satisfied and sobered. Smith, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, directs the National Study of Youth and Religion, from which the book’s data was taken. Denton, a doctoral candidate at the university, is its project manager.

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I was satisfied by the clear connections that Smith makes between cult, community, and character. . . .

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