Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
American teenagers have combined the concept of Christianity with principles of postmodernism and the ideology of individualism to create what a recent study terms "Moralistic Therapeutic Deism," where God exists to solve their problems but stays at a safe distance when they don't want Him around. Researchers with the National Study of Youth and Religion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have released a book titled, "Soul Searching," after interviewing more than 3,000 American adolescents about their religious beliefs. R. Albert Mohler Jr. addressed the study saying teenagers' proclivity to dismiss religious absolutes with a casual "whatever" is a substitute for serious and responsible thinking and a verbal cover for an embrace of relativism. Mohler said Moralistic Therapeutic Deism reflects the culture as a whole, which through subtle shifts has "produced a context in which belief in such an undemanding deity makes sense." Such a transformation replaces the sovereignty of God with the sovereignty of the self, Mohler said, making self-improvement the one great moral imperative to which all are accountable. "We must now look at the United States of America as missiologists once viewed nations that had never heard the Gospel. Indeed, our missiological challenge may be even greater than the confrontation with paganism, for we face a succession of generations who have transformed Christianity into something that bears no resemblance to the faith revealed in the Bible," Mohler said. (From Crosswalk)
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