Handing Down the Faith

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Dr. Christian Smith joins Dr. Mike Chupp on this week’s CMDA Matters podcast to discuss his new book, Handing Down the Faith.


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Christian Smith is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, was the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society, the Founding Director of the Notre Dame Center for Social Research, and the Principal Investigator of the National Study of Youth and Religion. Prior to working for Notre Dame, Smith worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1994 to 2006, where he served as Associate Chair of the Department of Sociology from 2000 to 2005. Smith holds an MA (1987) and PhD (1990) in Sociology from Harvard University and has studied Christian historical theology at Harvard Divinity School and other Boston Theological Institute schools. Smith’s BA is in sociology (1983), from Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts. Before moving to UNC Chapel Hill in 1994, Smith taught for six years at Gordon College. Smith has directed more than $21 million in grant-funded research projects. Smith is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 20 books. Smith’s scholarly interests focus on American religion, environmental sociology, cultural sociology, adolescents and young adults, sociological theory, and philosophy of social science.


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