Sunday, August 29, 2010

"Moralistic Therapeutic Deism"

Spiritual, but not religious. According to a professor and theologian at Princeton Theological Seminary, most teens 13-17 years of age who claim to be Christian have no idea what they're talking about. From the article:
The study included Christians of all stripes -- from Catholics to Protestants of both conservative and liberal denominations. Though three out of four American teenagers claim to be Christian, fewer than half practice their faith, only half deem it important, and most can't talk coherently about their beliefs, the study found.

Many teenagers thought that God simply wanted them to feel good and do good -- what the study's researchers called "moralistic therapeutic deism."

This is definitely worrying establishment Christians -- and, I would imagine, political Christians (aka Christianists) -- but I think it looks more like the building blocks of tolerance, inclusion, and moderation rather than orthodoxy. Sort of a Reform movement among those who don't follow Judaism.

Heaven forbid these teens should eventually accept gays, shun preemptive war, be concerned about civil liberties, and believe there is more than one path to the infinite.

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