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Today’s Emerging Adults 1

Scot McKnight at Jesus Creed is exploring Christian Smith’s new book: Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults. Today the question is: What is the cultural world of the emerging adult?  We’re talking about 46 million emerging adults… so generalizations need careful backing of evidence and all kinds of nuance.

What do you think of this listing of characteristics of emerging adults?

Transitions aplenty

Standing on one’s own

So much to figure out

Not enough money

Optimism for personal future

Smarting from hard lessons learned

No regrets

Relations with parents improving

Hard to see an objective reality beyond the self

Right and wrong are easy

Not hurting others is self-evident

Karma will catch you

Everybody’s different

It’s up to the individual

More open-minded

All cultures are relative

Relative morality depends on the case

Uncertain purpose

Education is of instrumental value

Drugs are pervasive, but maybe getting boring

Settling down is for later

Relationships are often amorphous

Hooking up is common

Devastating breakups happen

Cohabit to avoid divorce

Strategically managing risks

Consumerism is good stuff

Helping others is an optional personal choice

Middle-class dream is alive and well

Still believe in America’s freedoms

Volunteering and giving someday, maybe

Don’t expect to change the world

Submerge in interpersonal relationships

It’s too easy to fall back into old ways

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