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Seminar in Youth Ministry Session Four

Seminar in Youth Ministry Session Four

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  • 1. Youth Culture
  • 2. <ul><li>Our youth love luxury, they have bad manners; contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. </li></ul><ul><li>Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. </li></ul>
  • 3. <ul><li>They no longer rise when elders enter the room. </li></ul><ul><li>They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up their food and tranize their teachers. </li></ul>
  • 4. <ul><li>They no longer rise when elders enter the room. </li></ul><ul><li>They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up their food and tranize their teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>- Socrates (470 -399 BC) </li></ul>
  • 5. Average Youth Participants
  • 6. Average Youth Participants <ul><li>Weird </li></ul><ul><li>Home School </li></ul><ul><li>Kid </li></ul>
  • 7. Average Youth Participants <ul><li>Star Wars </li></ul><ul><li>Freak Boy </li></ul>
  • 8. Average Youth Participants <ul><li>Christian Band Groupie </li></ul>
  • 9. Average Youth Participants <ul><li>Facial Hair Guy </li></ul>
  • 10. Average Youth Participants <ul><li>Super spiritual girl </li></ul>
  • 11. Average Youth Participants <ul><li>The IT specialist. </li></ul>
  • 12. Average Youth Participants <ul><li>The </li></ul><ul><li>“ I refuse </li></ul><ul><li>to leave” </li></ul><ul><li>individual </li></ul>
  • 13. Average Youth Participants <ul><li>Overdeveloped Middle School girl. </li></ul>
  • 14. Average Youth Participants <ul><li>The Bible Scholar </li></ul>
  • 15. Average Youth Participants <ul><li>The </li></ul><ul><li>Catholic School Only Person. </li></ul>
  • 16. Average Youth Participants <ul><li>Little Drummer Boy </li></ul><ul><li>AKA Rock Star. </li></ul>
  • 17. Average Youth Participants <ul><li>The Event Addict. </li></ul>
  • 18. Average Youth Participants <ul><li>The hoochie. </li></ul>
  • 19. Average Youth Participants <ul><li>Smothered by Mother . </li></ul>
  • 20. Average Youth Participants <ul><li>Middle School Cheerleader . </li></ul>
  • 21. Average Youth Participants <ul><li>The forwarder. </li></ul>
  • 22. Average Youth Participants <ul><li>The EO </li></ul>
  • 23. Average Youth Participants <ul><li>FBI Parent Agent. </li></ul>
  • 24. Average Youth Participants <ul><li>The Drama Queen. </li></ul>
  • 25. Average Youth Participants <ul><li>The </li></ul><ul><li>Questioner. </li></ul>
  • 26. Average Youth Participants <ul><li>The </li></ul><ul><li>All American. </li></ul>
  • 27. Average Youth Participants
  • 28. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011
  • 29. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>The Soviet Union has never existed and therefore is about as scary as the student union. </li></ul>
  • 30. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>They have known only two presidents. </li></ul>
  • 31. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>For most of their lives, major U.S. airlines have been bankrupt. </li></ul>
  • 32. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>Manuel Noriega has always been in jail in the U.S. </li></ul>
  • 33. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>They have grown up getting lost in &quot;big boxes.&quot; </li></ul>
  • 34. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>There has always been only one Germany. </li></ul>
  • 35. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>They have never heard anyone actually &quot;ring it up&quot; on a cash register. </li></ul>
  • 36. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>They are wireless, yet always connected. </li></ul>
  • 37. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>Thanks to pervasive headphones in the back seat, parents have always been able to speak freely in the front. </li></ul>
  • 38. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>A coffee has always taken longer to make than a milkshake. </li></ul>
  • 39. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>Smoking has never been permitted on U.S. airlines. </li></ul>
  • 40. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>Faux fur has always been a necessary element of style. </li></ul>
  • 41. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>The Moral Majority has never needed an organization. </li></ul>
  • 42. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>They have never had to distinguish between the St. Louis Cardinals baseball and football teams. </li></ul>
  • 43. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>DNA fingerprinting has always been admissible evidence in court. </li></ul>
  • 44. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>They grew up pushing their own miniature shopping carts in the supermarket. </li></ul>
  • 45. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>They grew up with and have outgrown faxing as a means of communication. </li></ul>
  • 46. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>&quot;Google&quot; has always been a verb. </li></ul>
  • 47. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>Text messaging is their email. </li></ul>
  • 48. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>Milli Vanilli has never had anything to say. </li></ul>
  • 49. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>Mr. Rogers, not Walter Cronkite, has always been the most trusted man in America. </li></ul>
  • 50. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>Bar codes have always been on everything, from library cards and snail mail to retail items. </li></ul>
  • 51. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>Madden has always been a game, not a Superbowl-winning coach. </li></ul>
  • 52. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>Phantom of the Opera has always been on Broadway. </li></ul>
  • 53. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>&quot;Boogers&quot; candy has always been a favorite for grossing out parents. </li></ul>
  • 54. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>There has never been a &quot;skyhook&quot; in the NBA. </li></ul>
  • 55. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>Carbon copies are oddities found in their grandparents' attics. </li></ul>
  • 56. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>Computerized player pianos have always been tinkling in the lobby. </li></ul>
  • 57. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>Non-denominational mega-churches have always been the fastest growing religious organizations in the U.S. </li></ul>
  • 58. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>They grew up in mini-vans. </li></ul>
  • 59. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>Reality shows have always been on television. </li></ul>
  • 60. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>They have no idea why we needed to ask &quot;...can we all get along?” </li></ul>
  • 61. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>They have always known that &quot;In the criminal justice system the people have been represented by two separate yet equally important groups.“ </li></ul>
  • 62. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>They have rarely mailed anything using a stamp. </li></ul>
  • 63. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>Affluent troubled teens in Southern California have always been the subjects of television series. </li></ul>
  • 64. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>They have always been able to watch wars and revolutions live on television. </li></ul>
  • 65. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>They are not aware that &quot;flock of seagulls hair&quot; has nothing to do with birds flying into it. </li></ul>
  • 66. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>Green tea has always been marketed for health purposes. </li></ul>
  • 67. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>Small white holiday lights have always been in style. </li></ul>
  • 68. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>They have always been searching for &quot;Waldo.&quot; </li></ul>
  • 69. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>Michael Moore has always been showing up uninvited. </li></ul>
  • 70. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>Disneyland has always been in Europe and Asia. </li></ul>
  • 71. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>Beach volleyball has always been a recognized sport. </li></ul>
  • 72. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss has always been the perfect graduation gift. </li></ul>
  • 73. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 <ul><li>They have always &quot;dissed&quot; what they don't like. </li></ul>
  • 74. BELOIT COLLEGE'S MINDSET LIST FOR THE CLASS OF 2011 Available at http://www.beloit.edu/~pubaff/mindset www.dscottmiller.com
  • 75. KEY EVENTS <ul><li>Discovery of Aids (1981) </li></ul><ul><li>Challenger Disaster (1986) </li></ul> Persian Gulf War I (1991) Oklahoma City Bombing (1995)  <ul><li>Fall of the Berlin Wall (1989) </li></ul><ul><li>Soviet Union Dissolved (1991) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free Elections in South Africa (1993)  </li></ul></ul>Columbine HS Massacre (1999)  Day of Terrorism (9/11, 2001)  <ul><li>Watergate/ Nixon resigns (1973) </li></ul><ul><li>Nation’s Bicentennial (1976) </li></ul>Columbia Disaster (2003)  Tsunami/ New Orleans (2005) 
  • 76. Adolescence <ul><li>is a relationship oriented world. </li></ul>
  • 77. Adolescence <ul><li>is a relationship oriented world. </li></ul><ul><li>seek an illusion of independence from adults. </li></ul>
  • 78. Adolescence <ul><li>is a relationship oriented world. </li></ul><ul><li>seek an illusion of independence from adults. </li></ul><ul><li>are struggling to establish identity/self-worth. </li></ul>
  • 79. Adolescence <ul><li>is a relationship oriented world. </li></ul><ul><li>seek an illusion of independence from adults. </li></ul><ul><li>are struggling to establish identity/self-worth. </li></ul><ul><li>live in an information overload world. </li></ul>
  • 80. Adolescence <ul><li>is a relationship oriented world. </li></ul><ul><li>seek an illusion of independence from adults. </li></ul><ul><li>are struggling to establish identity/self-worth. </li></ul><ul><li>live in an information overload world. </li></ul><ul><li>struggle with the tension between head and heart. </li></ul>
  • 81. Adolescence <ul><li>is a relationship oriented world. </li></ul><ul><li>seek an illusion of independence from adults. </li></ul><ul><li>are struggling to establish identity/self-worth. </li></ul><ul><li>live in an information overload world. </li></ul><ul><li>struggle with the tension between head and heart. </li></ul><ul><li>are attracted to rebellion and rejection. </li></ul>
  • 82. Adolescence <ul><li>is a relationship oriented world. </li></ul><ul><li>seek an illusion of independence from adults. </li></ul><ul><li>are struggling to establish identity/self-worth. </li></ul><ul><li>live in an information overload world. </li></ul><ul><li>struggle with the tension between head and heart. </li></ul><ul><li>are attracted to rebellion and rejection. </li></ul><ul><li>seek an idealistic world. </li></ul>
  • 83. Adolescence <ul><li>is a relationship oriented world. </li></ul><ul><li>seek an illusion of independence from adults. </li></ul><ul><li>are struggling to establish identity/self-worth. </li></ul><ul><li>live in an information overload world. </li></ul><ul><li>struggle with the tension between head and heart. </li></ul><ul><li>are attracted to rebellion and rejection. </li></ul><ul><li>seek an idealistic world. </li></ul><ul><li>are attracted to risk – “Playing with matches syndrome” </li></ul>
  • 84. Adolescence <ul><li>is a relationship oriented world. </li></ul><ul><li>seek an illusion of independence from adults. </li></ul><ul><li>are struggling to establish identity/self-worth. </li></ul><ul><li>live in an information overload world. </li></ul><ul><li>struggle with the tension between head and heart. </li></ul><ul><li>are attracted to rebellion and rejection. </li></ul><ul><li>seek an idealistic world. </li></ul><ul><li>are attracted to risk – “Playing with matches syndrome” </li></ul><ul><li>desire a world of fun. </li></ul>
  • 85. Adolescence <ul><li>is a relationship oriented world. </li></ul><ul><li>seek an illusion of independence from adults. </li></ul><ul><li>are struggling to establish identity/self-worth. </li></ul><ul><li>live in an information overload world. </li></ul><ul><li>struggle with the tension between head and heart. </li></ul><ul><li>are attracted to rebellion and rejection. </li></ul><ul><li>seek an idealistic world. </li></ul><ul><li>are attracted to risk – “Playing with matches syndrome” </li></ul><ul><li>desire a world of fun. </li></ul><ul><li>have a large appetite for a world of fair play. </li></ul>
  • 86. Top Games <ul><li>WII SPORTS (for Wii) </li></ul>
  • 87. Top Games <ul><li>GEARS OF WAR (for Xbox 360) </li></ul>
  • 88. Top Games <ul><li>NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. (for Nintendo DS) </li></ul>
  • 89. Top Games <ul><li>LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS (for Wii ) </li></ul>
  • 90. Top Games <ul><li>RESISTANCE: FALL OF MAN (for PS3) </li></ul>
  • 91. Top Songs <ul><li>“ BLEEDING LOVE&quot; by Leona Lewis </li></ul><ul><li>“ TAKE A BOW&quot; by Rihanna </li></ul><ul><li>“ LOLLIPO&quot; by Lil Wayne w/ Static Major </li></ul><ul><li>“ I KISSED A GIRL&quot; by Katy Perry </li></ul><ul><li>“ DAMAGED&quot; by Danity Kane </li></ul>
  • 92.  
  • 93. Where Today’s young people “are”
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  • 96. Hardwired to Connect The New Scientific Case for Authoritative Communities Commission on Children At Risk
  • 97. The cause of this crisis of American childhood is…. <ul><li>A lack of Connectedness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>close connections to other people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>deep connections to moral and spiritual meaning </li></ul></ul>
  • 98. Now instead of being about caring for kids or what’s best for kids, they’re often more about what’s best for adults and keeping kids busy. I describe this as “systemic abandonment of the young” by the adults who are culturally charged with caring for kids. If kids don’t fit the pre-ordained boxes that adults control, they end up hurt, abused and left behind.
  • 99. OMG: How Generation Y is redefining the iPod era <ul><li>Most diverse generation in history </li></ul><ul><li>Religious youth are more self-aware </li></ul><ul><li>Religious youth are more active in politics and the community </li></ul><ul><li>But, STD’s, jobs, grades come before God </li></ul>
  • 100.  
  • 101. The “Class of 2011” Young Catholic They have had only one Pope, until very recently!
  • 102. The Second Vatican Council is as ancient history as the Council of Trent. Therefore… The “Class of 2011” Young Catholic
  • 103. They have no memory of the Latin Mass. The “Class of 2011” Young Catholic
  • 104. Women have always been readers and eucharistic ministers at Mass. The “Class of 2011” Young Catholic
  • 105. They have no idea what a biretta is. The “Class of 2011” Young Catholic
  • 106.  
  • 107. <ul><li>72% say they pray in a typical week. </li></ul><ul><li>48% attend a worship service at a church </li></ul><ul><li>35% attend Sunday school </li></ul><ul><li>33% attend youth group </li></ul><ul><li>32% participate in a small group </li></ul><ul><li>31% read the Bible </li></ul>
  • 108. “ Unchristian” <ul><li>(87%) judgmental </li></ul><ul><li>(85%) hypocritical </li></ul><ul><li>(78%) old-fashioned </li></ul><ul><li>(75%) too involved in politics </li></ul>
  • 109.  
  • 110. Spirituality of Millennial Generation <ul><li>Believers, but not necessarily belongers to a particular church </li></ul>
  • 111. Spirituality of Millennial Generation <ul><li>Believers, but not necessarily belongers to a particular church </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on spiritual journey, versus organized religion </li></ul>
  • 112. Spirituality of Millennial Generation <ul><li>Emphasis on spiritual journey, versus organized religion </li></ul><ul><li>Their experience of Church is critical – meaning of the moment… “How is Jesus alive and meaningful today?” </li></ul>
  • 113. Spirituality of Millennial Generation <ul><li>Their experience of Church is critical – meaning of the moment… “How is Jesus alive and meaningful today?” </li></ul><ul><li>See Jesus as one who understands my suffering </li></ul>
  • 114. Spirituality of Millennial Generation <ul><li>See Jesus as one who understands my suffering </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on individual relationship with Jesus </li></ul>
  • 115. Spirituality of Millennial Generation <ul><li>Focus on individual relationship with Jesus </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on discipleship vs. membership </li></ul>
  • 116. Spirituality of Millennial Generation <ul><li>Focus on individual relationship with Jesus </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on discipleship vs. membership </li></ul><ul><li>Desire to know the transcendence / power of God </li></ul>
  • 117. Spirituality of Millennial Generation <ul><li>Focus on discipleship vs. membership </li></ul><ul><li>Desire to know the transcendence / power of God </li></ul><ul><li>Desire for a real and personal experience of faith </li></ul>
  • 118. Spirituality of Millennial Generation <ul><li>Desire to know the transcendence / power of God </li></ul><ul><li>Desire for a real and personal experience of faith </li></ul><ul><li>Use of all of the arts and nature to discover God </li></ul>
  • 119. Faith Identity <ul><li>August 29, 2005: </li></ul><ul><li>Which best describes you.   </li></ul>32% 24% 3.3% 9% 51% 55% 11% 8 % 2.2% 4 % Web Survey Spiritual, but NOT religious   Religious, but NOT spiritual   Religious and Spiritual NOT spiritual and NOT religious Don't know  
  • 120. National Study on Youth and Religion
  • 121. <ul><li>This study focused on 13-17 year olds to: </li></ul><ul><li>Research the shape and influence of religion and spirituality in the lives of U.S. adolescents. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Identify effective practices in the religious, moral, and social formation of young people </li></ul><ul><li>3. Describe the extent to which young people participate in and benefit from the programs and opportunities that religious denominations are offering to their youth. </li></ul>Purpose of Study:
  • 122. Religion has a significant presence in the lives of many U.S. teens today. Finding #1:
  • 123. Contrary to many popular assumptions and stereotypes, the character of teenage religiosity in the U.S. is extraordinarily conventional . Finding #2:
  • 124. Religious education is failing – if by that we mean helping people understand what they believe. Finding #3:
  • 125. “ Many teenagers know abundant details about the lives of favorite musicians and television stars or about what it takes to get into a good college, but most are not very clear on who Moses and Jesus were .” -Dr. Christian Smith
  • 126. 17 year old, white Catholic boy from Wisconsin: “ My religious beliefs, what’s good and bad, like you know, if you kill or rape someone, I think you’re screwed, give up on life ‘cause it’s over .” Then he added, “I’ll never stop being Catholic, even if I stop believing in God, I’ll still be Catholic .”
  • 127. 15 year old conservative Protestant Hispanic boy from Texas: “ I’m sure God exists and like, helps people and answers their prayers, that’s pretty much it.” [Do you believe in Jesus?] “ Ah, yes…I think (little laugh). I don’t know, I don’t know .”
  • 128. Most U.S. teens have a difficult to impossible time explaining what they believe , what it means, and what the implications of their beliefs are for their lives. Finding #4:
  • 129. 17 year old mainline Lutheran boy from Colorado: “ Uh, well, I don’t know, um, well, I don’t really know. Being a Lutheran, confirmation was a big thing but I didn’t really know what it was and I still don’t. I really don’t know what being a Lutheran means.”
  • 130. “ Indeed, it was our distinct sense that for many of the teens we interviewed, our interview was the first time that any adult had ever asked them what they believed and how it mattered in their life.” -Dr. Christian Smith
  • 131. Regardless of the denomination, most U.S. teens are “Moralistic Therapeutic Deists” Finding #5:
  • 132. 15 year old Hispanic conservative Protestant girl from Florida: “ God is like someone who is always there for you, I don’t know, it’s like God is God. He’s just like somebody that’ll always help you go through whatever you’re going through . When I became a Christian I was just praying and it always made me feel better .”
  • 133. 14 year old Jewish girl from Washington: “ I guess for me Judaism is more about how you live your life. Part of the guidelines are like how to live and I guess be happy with who you are , ‘cause if you’re out there helping someone, you’re gonna feel good about yourself , you know?”
  • 134. 14 year old white Catholic boy from Pennsylvania: “ ‘ Cause God made us and if you ask him for something, I believe he gives it to you. Yeah, he hasn’t let me down yet. God is a spirit that grants you anything you want , but not anything bad.”
  • 135. 16 year old white mainline Protestant boy from Texas: “ Well, God is almighty, I guess [yawns]. But I think he’s on vacation right now because of all the crap that’s happening in the world , ‘cause it wasn’t like this back when he was famous.”
  • 136. <ul><li>A God exists who created and orders the world. </li></ul><ul><li>God wants us to be good and fair. </li></ul><ul><li>Central goal of life is to be happy and feel good about oneself. </li></ul><ul><li>God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life, except when needed to resolve a problem. </li></ul><ul><li>Good people go to heaven when they die. </li></ul>The Creed of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism
  • 137. Highly religious teens appear to be doing much better in life than less religious teens. Finding #6:
  • 138. “ At the very least, what appears to be clearly not true is the idea that the religious teenagers are essentially no different from non-religious teenagers.” -Dr. Christian Smith
  • 139. “ Catholic teenagers, who represent nearly one-quarter of all U.S. teens, stand out among the U.S. Christian teenagers as consistently scoring lower on most measures of religiosity .” -Dr. Christian Smith
  • 140. * This question was only asked of teens who attend Mass more than twice a year. U.S. CP MP BP RC J LDS NR Made a personal commitment to live for God. 55 79 60 74 41 21 69 13 Shared own religious faith with someone not of faith 43 56 51 41 37 58 72 -- Youth Group participation rate (involved in YG/YG available) 52 64 64 44 32* 41 75 -- Only one religion is true 29 46 26 31 19 9 67 5 Okay to practice religions besides own 51 36 59 40 58 78 36 70 Evangelization: “people should leave everyone else alone” 43 27 39 42 55 75 15 66 Okay to pick and choose beliefs without accepting whole faith 46 36 53 34 54 71 31 62 Believers need to be involved in a religious congregation 32 35 27 45 32 20 60 14
  • 141. Baylor Religion Survey <ul><li>America’s </li></ul><ul><li>Four Gods </li></ul><ul><li>Authoritarian </li></ul><ul><li>Benevolent </li></ul><ul><li>Critical </li></ul><ul><li>Distant </li></ul>
  • 142. Type B: Benevolent God Type A: Authoritarian God Type D: Distant God Type C: Critical God Believe that God is Angry low high high Believe that God is Engaged
  • 143. Baylor Religion Survey <ul><li>America’s </li></ul><ul><li>Four Gods </li></ul><ul><li>Authoritarian 31.4 % </li></ul><ul><li>Benevolent 23.0 % </li></ul><ul><li>Critical 16.0 % </li></ul><ul><li>Distant 24.4 % </li></ul><ul><li>America’s </li></ul><ul><li>Four Gods </li></ul><ul><li>Authoritarian </li></ul><ul><li>Benevolent </li></ul><ul><li>Critical </li></ul><ul><li>Distant </li></ul>
  • 144. Baylor Religion Survey <ul><li>American Black Protestants’ </li></ul><ul><li>Four Gods </li></ul><ul><li>Authoritarian 68.0 % </li></ul><ul><li>Benevolent 12.0 % </li></ul><ul><li>Critical 20.0 % </li></ul><ul><li>Distant 0 % </li></ul>
  • 145. Baylor Religion Survey <ul><li>American Catholics’ </li></ul><ul><li>Four Gods </li></ul><ul><li>Authoritarian 22.6 % </li></ul><ul><li>Benevolent 28.2 % </li></ul><ul><li>Critical 18.6 % </li></ul><ul><li>Distant 29.2 % </li></ul>
  • 146. The Catholic Church in America <ul><li>Catholic Identity defined by: </li></ul><ul><li>Attendance at Mass </li></ul><ul><li>How Important is the Church to You Personally </li></ul><ul><li>Locus of Moral Authority </li></ul>
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  • 148. 23 23 38 36 44 52 56 44 44 56 53 44 Can you be a GOOD CATHOLIC without this? Percentage saying yes 1987 1993 1999 2005 Without believing that Jesus physically rose from the dead Without believing that in the Mass, the bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus Without donating time and money to help the poor Without obeying the church hierarchy’s teaching regarding abortion
  • 149. 60 58 65 66 51 61 68 67 66 73 72 75 57 57 62 70 77 73 76 Can you be a GOOD CATHOLIC without this? Percentage saying yes 1987 1993 1999 2005 Without donating time and money to help the parish Without obeying the church hierarchy’s teaching on divorce and remarriage Without their marriage being approved by the Catholic church Without obeying the church hierarchy’s teaching on birth control W/out weekly church attendance
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