My wife was kind enough to direct me to this article on CNN.com.
This is slightly disturbing but not entirely surprising:
If you’re the parent of a Christian teenager, Kenda Creasy Dean has this warning:Your child is following a “mutant” form of Christianity, and you may be responsible.
Dean says more American teenagers are embracing what she calls “moralistic therapeutic deism.” Translation: It’s a watered-down faith that portrays God as a “divine therapist” whose chief goal is to boost people’s self-esteem.
God as a “divine therapist”…that’s a new one to me as was “moralistic therapeutic deism.” Luckily, there was a wiki on it to help educate me on the subject.
Dean drew her conclusions from work on the National Study of Youth and Religion.
The study, which included in-depth interviews with at least 3,300 American teenagers between 13 and 17, found that most American teens who called themselves Christian were indifferent and inarticulate about their faith.
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.
Despite the pervasiveness of this problem, I’m sure conservative Christians will find some way to pin this on liberal Christians.