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Why Teens Feel Spiritually Empty

George Barna

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Moral relativism afflicts more teens than ever and parents are doing little about it.

WASHINGTON -- American teenagers are spiritually lonely and feel deprived of parental guidance in matters of faith, the head of a major youth ministry project told United Press International on Monday.

"Not only do grown-ups fail to conduct their lives in a way commensurate with their stated convictions, they also don't talk with their children about their spiritual concerns," said Yaconelli. He called the parents of today's teenagers a lost generation.

In this context, Yaconelli spoke scornfully about well-to-do working couples who could comfortably live and raise a family on one income. "Both partners are working to be more comfortably off," he said, "but they are doing this to the detriment of their own children."

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