* “Consider the issue of truth. About 3/4’s of all adults reject the notion that there are absolute moral truths. Most Americans believe that all truth is relative to the situation and the individuals involved. Similarly, at least 3/4’s of our teens embrace the same position regarding moral truths. Not only do more than 3 out of 4 teenagers say there is no absolute moral truth, 4 out of 5 also claim that nobody can know for certain whether or not they actually know what truth is. This may also explain why a majority of teenagers (57 %) say that lying is sometimes necessary – not merely convenient, common, understandable or acceptable, but necessary.”
* “Because the Bible and most religious activities are foreign to them and seem irrelevant to what ‘real life’ is all about, they perceive 2 parallel worlds coexisting: the spiritual, impractical world that contains many pure and absolute (and impractical) dictums (such as truth, morality, love, faith), and the real world, the one they inhabit, which deals with the hard stuff of daily living. The truth may be a wonderful concept to explore further. Millions of those who do have the interest do not have the philosophical, intellectual, and spiritual foundations to take such an exploration to the next level.”
* “Teenagers are not flocking to Christian churches, but they are intensely interested in spiritual matters… Many teenagers believe that a major component of America’s illness is that we have lost our sense of the divine and the mystical. Millions of teenagers are seeking to incorporate their spiritual understanding into their daily existence, making faith more than a Sunday experience, but rather a life filter. ‘Spiritual,’ though, is no longer synonymous with ‘Christian.'”
* “Teenagers noted that they spend incredibly little time with their family during the week. It is becoming less common these days for a teenager to have time isolated for focused interaction with family members. Most of the time they spend with their family is what you might call ‘family and time’, family and TV, family and dinner, family and homework, etc.