Thursday, January 24, 2008

Whatever: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism and the Death of Religion

It's America's next great religion. Here it is:

"Moralistic Therapeutic Deism consists of beliefs like these: 1. "A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth." 2. "God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions." 3. "The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself." 4. "God does not need to be particularly involved in one's life except when God is needed to resolve a problem." 5. "Good people go to heaven when they die.""

The full story can be found HERE.

This, researchers find, is what a majority of adolescents believe. Yes, our generation. I find this almost funny. I think I can pinpoint the cause: plain ol' iggerance. People do not know what's out there, both in Christianity and other religions. Yet they have some vague notion of morality, and perhaps a subconscious perception of God. Religion isn't fashionable, and they've fooled themselves into thinking that it has no real bearing on their everyday life, so they put it off, make excuses--"After I get my Xbox 360 I'll think about religion."

As the researchers who conducted this say, "This suggests that a strong, visible, salient, or intentional faith is not operating in the foreground of most teenager's lives."

Draw your own conclusions.