Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at 7:00 pm
Directed by Michael Eaton and Timothy Eaton
This series is sponsored by Center for the Study of Religion and Society
SOUL SEARCHING, a movie about Teenagers and God, is a compelling documentary about the religious and spiritual lives of American teenagers based on research by the National Study of Youth and Religion, which began in 2000 under the direction of Dr. Christian Smith and continues today with generous grants from Lilly Endowment. Michael Eaton and Timothy Eaton of Revelation Studios have worked with Dr. Smith to bring you this documentary journey into the lives of teenagers from all over the country. Find out what mostly Christian teenagers think about God and religion, what their hopes and aspirations are, and what the research says about the effect of religion in their lives.
Christian Smith will be present for a discussion to follow the screening.
Christian Smith is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society, and Principal Investigator of the National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR). He recently served as Associate Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from 2000 to 2005. Smith holds an M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1990) in Sociology from Harvard University and has studied Christian historical theology at Harvard Divinity School and other Boston Theological Institute schools. Before moving to UNC Chapel Hill in 1994, Smith taught for six years at Gordon College. Smith is the author, co-author, or editor of numerous books, including Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers; Moral, Believing Animals: Human Culture and Personhood; The Secular Revolution: Power, Interests, and Conflict in the Secularization of American Public Life, American Evangelicalism: Embattled and Thriving, and The Emergence of Liberation Theology: Radical Religion and Social Movement Theory. His current research projects in the Center for the Study of Religion include: NSYR Wave 3, The Human Personhood and Social Science Project, and Religious Financial and Charitable Giving Project.