The current generation of youth, Generation Y (born 1981-95), are growing up in a world vastly different from that of their Baby-Boomer parents, featuring the cultural pluralism of late modernity, increased anxiety about personal and environmental risk, precarious employment, rampant consumerism, the information deluge, greater individualisation and increased instability in families.Much has been written about the decline of the mainstream church and the place of organised religion in these rapidly changing times. Despite the prominence in the mass media of alternative spiritualities, reincarnation, horoscopes and Buddhism, this book argues that for the most part, young people are not active spiritual seekers, but instead have a highly individualistic and relativistic approach to life and spirituality, and are hardly familiar with religious traditions. Only a small percentage of Generation Y is actively religious. The religion of those young people who do belong to a denomination, is for the most part ‘low temperature’.Some comments on The Spirit of Generation Y:If we hope to catch the Spirit in our sails, who blows where He wills and often unpredictably, it helps to know where we are.The Spirit of Generation Y is the most important study of religious belief and spirituality among young Australians to appear recently.It ranks with the ground-breaking work of Brother Marcellin Flynn in the 1970’s and 80’s on attitudes to religion and morality among Catholic school students. This study makes no claim to have the last word, but takes us beyond our locale, beyond intuitions and anecdotes to chart the gains and losses, the muddle and uncertainty in the great struggle between faith and fear, good and evil.Every Church leader is in debt to Mason, Singleton and Webber. George Cardinal Pell, Archbishop of SydneyThis book by Mason, Singleton and Webber is the most thorough analysis of spiritual motivations among young people that I have seen.The authors surveyed and interviewed Australian teenagers and young adults up to the age of 24, assessing their beliefs about God, churches, authority, competing religions, and the role of religion in their lives.In so doing they identified six types of spirituality current today.This book provides a diagnosis of present-day spirituality in many modern nations, and its method offers a model for other researchers.Dean Hoge, Catholic University of America.Is generation Y more interested in music than the meaning of life?More ready to surf the internet than search for the Infinite? Is their way through life but a shopping mall of choices about beliefs, values and hopes for happiness?The research behind The Spirit of Generation Y provides a rich source of information about the types of spirituality found in this generation, the range of beliefs they espouse, and the values that influence their lives as individuals and citizens.If the churches and church-related schools dare to take seriously the huge chasm between their traditional religious systems and the highly eclectic, relativistic and individualistic approach to spirituality of this generation then the findings of this research are a must to ground a radical new approach for ministry. No question:this book is a must for a modern ministry to youth! Norman Habel, Professorial Fellow, Flinders University.