Aging and Boundary Maintenance among American Evangelicals: A Comment on James Davidson Hunter's "Evangelicalism: The Coming Generation"

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In his recent book, Evangelicalism: The Coming Generation, James Davidson Hunter makes the provocative suggestion that the traditional boundaries delimiting evangelicalism from modem culture are breaking down. This breakdown, in Hunter's view, can be seen in the accommodations which evangelicals make toward the modem world, and is the result of a process of generational replacement. Using data from the mass public, this study suggests a contrary view; namely, that the young are typically less orthodox than their elders, and that the age group differences which Hunter observes are more likely to be the result of life-cycle effects, rather than permanent generational effect


Evangelicalism; Evangelicalism--Social aspects; Youth


American Politics | Political Science | Religion


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