Dr. Rebecca Peters

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  1. Notes - We Get Who We Are: Cultural Adult Faith Produces Cultural Adolescent Faith

    Fall 2009, Leadership for Church Ministry — Pages 376-383

    This article reviews two studies that were conducted in two very different eras of recent history: 1950 and the beginning of the 21st century. The participants in the two studies cannot be statistically compared, as the first study focused on young adults ages 18-??29, and the more recent study examined the beliefs and attitudes of high school youth between 13 and 17. The early study was a regional study conducted in New York City and the surrounding area, while the newer study was national in scope. What the two studies share is a similar goal, which was to better understand the religious beliefs of young people. What the findings from the two studies reveal might be considered a wake-up call for Christian educators. Perhaps these two dissimilar studies may document evidence of a trend in the Christian community-that many Christians do not know how to integrate faith into their daily lives. Perhaps even more troubling is the possibility that many do not even realize that this goal is desirable in living a spiritually mature life. One is forced to ponder if this lack of faith integration is a symptom of adolescence or a reflection of current culture.

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