Emerging Adulthood and Faith
- Included in: Calvin Shorts
- Published: June 1, 2015
- Publisher: Calvin College Press
- ISBN: 978-1-937555-11-5
- eBook ISBN: 978-1-937555-12-2
Is the Church losing the next generation of young people? Jonathan P. Hill critically examines this question, interpreting sociological data that takes into account the broader cultural and historical context. He challenges common assumptions and draws conclusions that are counterintuitive, complex and encouraging.
"Emerging Adulthood and Faith challenged me to embrace Hill's questions both professionally and personally. As a professor at a Christian college, I found the book to be thought-provoking; I felt affirmed in my work and influence in teaching college students within a Christian community. At the same time, the author inspired a desire in me to read more about the social pressures and historical changes that young adults confront. Additionally, I appreciated Hill's reminder and reassurance to continue to invest in and provide a religious context for faithful growth for my own children at home."
—Michelle C. Hughes, Associate Professor of Education, Westmont College
"This is a really nice little book that should serve to temper the alarmism and anxiety over the 'exodus' of young people from the church, the 'danger' imposed by 'secular' institutions of higher education on young people of faith and the apparent 'faith crisis' raised by modern science." Read more »
—Wes Ellis, Theology Blogger
"Hill uses sociological data to unpack and challenge the assumptions and interpretations that have given rise to the fear of losing our youth. It truly is a book you can read through in a couple of hours." Read more »
—Kristy Quist, Contributing Editor at The Banner
About the Author
Jonathan P. Hill is assistant professor of sociology at Calvin College. He is the author of several articles and book chapters on higher education and religious faith and coauthor of the book Young Catholic America: Emerging Adults In, Out of, and Gone from the Church (Oxford, 2014). He is also the director of the National Study of Religion and Human Origins, a project that explores the social context of beliefs about human origins.