Meet Generation Z

Jaquelle Crowe | January 27, 2017

I was born the same year as Dolly the sheep, Michael “Prince” Jackson Jr., and the McCaughey septuplets. Among the people not alive during my lifetime are Princess Diana, Mother Teresa, and Jacques Cousteau. Since I was born, Hong Kong has always been under Chinese rule, and The Lion King has always been on Broadway. Born in 1997, I’m part of the youngest generation, the newest generation, Generation Z, which is categorized as all individuals born between 1995 and 2010.

And this means I’m the subject of James Emery White’s new book, Meet Generation Z: Understanding and Reaching the New Post-Christian World. It’s a thoroughly researched analysis of a rising generation of globally connected, technologically savvy, strategically ambitious, passionately driven, and religiously confused individuals.

Meet my generation.

Who Is Generation Z? 

According to White, Generation Z is defined by five factors: (1) recession-marked—growing up in a post-9/11 world; (2) Wi-Fi-enabled; (3) multi-racial; (4) sexually fluid; and (5) post-Christian.

In his first three chapters, White draws from his own research to assess this generation and the general condition of their spirituality. In broad strokes he paints a picture I’m all too familiar with—America’s first post-Christian generation. According to White, “Most people of Generation Z still believe in the existence of God (78 percent). But less…

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