ThreeSixty Magazine, May 2014
Some are comfortable defining themselves at an early age. Others are content searching for the answers in adulthood. If the answers ever come, that is. That’s the beauty of religious discussion: The only certainty is, well … uncertainty. Even those firmly entrenched in their faith can’t claim to know exactly what will happen in the future, while those who openly question the logic and reasoning behind religious belief readily acknowledge the unexplainable enormity of the world around them.
For teens, the biggest questions are often steeped in their own sense of religious independence. When did faith become personal? Why do specific rules or traditions matter? Or do they simply follow Christianity, or Islam, or Hinduism, or atheism—you name it—because of parental or peer influence? In this package of stories and essays, several ThreeSixty writers examine the significance of personal faith, and how—even with its myriad question marks—religion continues to shape today’s generation of young believers.
Also in this issue: In-depth features on teen homelessness (Thomas Wrede, Katia Kozachok), the hidden demons of autism (Alexis Reaves), selfie culture (Elena Renken) and female empowerment (Shay Radhakrishnan). Our latest @16 feature takes us to the mayor’s office in St. Paul, where Chris Coleman sat down with Maya Shelton-Davies, while Amolak Singh looks behind the dugout of the St. Paul Saints and Simone Cazares previews the upcoming St. Paul Jazz Festival.
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