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Bridging Generational Divides with Jean Twenge

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.

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Executive Producers: Erik Petrik, Russell Moore, and Mike Cosper

Host: Russell Moore

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Audio engineering by Resonate Recording

Video producer: Abby Egan

Theme Song: “Dusty Delta Day” by Lennon Hutton

Only when we see how lost we are, we can find our way again. Only when we bury what’s dead can we experience life again. Only when we lose our religion can we be amazed by grace again.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Editor in Chief of Christianity Today and is the author of the forthcoming book Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America (Penguin Random House).