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Based on the National Study of Youth and Religion—the same survey as Christian Smith’s Soul Searching—this fascinating new book examines why American teens are so positive about Christianity yet so apathetic about genuine religious practice. Popularizing the dense research on the American teen creed, Moralistic Therapeutic Deism, Almost Christian explains that teens are not the problem—the church is. Dean calls the church to offer a “consequential faith,” a plea that all serious parents and Christian educators should read and heed. (Oxford)

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