Diana Butler Bass

Diana Butler Bass is a nationally renowned American preacher and religious commentator. She is the author of eleven books, including one awarded Publishers Weekly’s “Best Religion Book of the Year.” Her bylines include The New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today and Reader’s Digest. She frequently appears as a commentator, including on CBS, CNN, PBS, NPR, CBC, and FOX. She has written a long-running weekly column on religion and culture distributed nationally by the New York Times Syndicate.

Diana Butler Bass on Gen Jones:
Born in 1959, Diana does not agree with the traditional Baby Boomer definition which would include her; for example, she wrote here in August 2020 that she has “rarely “felt” like a baby boomer” and wrote here: “That GenJones thing is interesting – argues that a small group of people born from 1957-1965 make up a distinct mini-generation.” She has subsequently asserted multiple times her self-identification with Gen Jones.

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David Fitch

David Fitch is the B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary Chicago; a prestigious position which gives him a national platform to espouse his ideas. He has lectured and presented on various religious topics at many seminaries, graduate schools, denominational gatherings and large conferences across the U.S. He has authored several bestselling books about religion, as well as many articles in prominent religious publications.

David Fitch on Gen Jones:
David identifies as part of Gen Jones, not as a Boomer, as he wrote in April 2022 in reference to a new article about Gen Jones: “Yep this explains alot. The difference between Boomers and Generation Jones. And why I don’t relate to being a Boomer.”

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Deborah Caldwell

Deborah Caldwell runs Religion News Service, America’s leading religious news agency. Based at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Religion News Service’s network of worldwide correspondents provides religious news to more than 170 media outlets, including The Washington Post, Huffington Post, NPR, and The Chicago Tribune. The total circulation of these outlets exceeds 100 million readers. Deborah’s own writing has appeared in Money, Fortune, Time, CNBC, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times Week in Review. She has also done much on-air commentary, including on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News; and she’s appeared on ABCNews and The Hallmark Channel.

Deborah Caldwell on Gen Jones:
Deborah emphatically rejects a Boomer identity and instead relates to Generation Jones. As she wrote here in March 2020: “Feel your pain. Born a year after Obama and we are wholeheartedly NOT boomers…far more like GenX……yet….not? Sometimes called “Generation Jones.” Solidarity, micro-generation member!

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Rhys Williams

Rhys Williams is a widely-respected academic whose work resides primarily at the intersection of religion and sociology. He is a Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Loyola University Chicago. He is also Director of the McNamara Center for the Social Study of Religion. From 2003-08 he was editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, was President of the Association for the Sociology of Religion in 2009-10 and President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2011-12. He has also written several important books in his field, as well as many well-received journal articles.

Rhys Williams on Gen Jones

Born in 1955, Rhys identifies strongly as a member of Generation Jones, and has publicly brought up Gen Jones in a variety of contexts. For example, in a discussion about the retirement prospects for specifically Gen Jones members, he said in February 2023: “This generation will be kept working longer.”

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