What can be done with generational fractures that feel irreparable?
If there’s any question Russell Moore hears regularly, it’s that one. On today’s episode of The Russell Moore Show, he and psychologist Jean Twenge consider what the answer may be in light of Twenge’s new book, Generations: The Real Differences Between Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, Boomers, and Silents—and What They Mean for America's Future.
Twenge, a professor at San Diego State University, and Moore discuss the differences—and lack of differences—between generations. They consider why our current government leaders are so much older than most of the population, how the naming of children signals generational changes, and the influence of technology on increased individualism. They talk about how people of various ages value self-esteem, how smartphones affect rates of mental health issues, and the implications of society’s reconception of marriage.
Tune in for a nuanced conversation of generational trends as they pertain to politics, sexuality, raising children, and institutions.
Resources mentioned in this episode include:
- Generations: The Real Differences Between Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, Boomers, and Silents―and What They Mean for America's Future by Jean M. Twenge, PhD
- iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us by Jean M. Twenge, PhD
- Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical Americaby Russell Moore
- “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” by Alan Jackson
- “Obama’s Advice For Democrats.” on Pod Save America
- The Social Security Administration Baby Name Dataset
- “Skye Jethani (Co-host of the Holy Post Podcast)” on Mere Christians Podcast
Do you have a question for Russell Moore? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Russell Moore Show” is a production of Christianity Today
Executive Producers: Erik Petrik, Russell Moore, and Mike Cosper
Host: Russell Moore
Producer: Ashley Hales
Associate Producers: Abby Perry and Azurae Phelps
Director of Operations for CT Media: Matt Stevens
Audio engineering by Resonate Recording
Video producer: Abby Egan
Theme Song: “Dusty Delta Day” by Lennon Hutton