They have the “religions” of existensialism and nihilism.
Christians and conservatives send their children into godless government schools and the religious worldview taught there is, indeed, ( as you posted) godless existentialism and nihilism.
Fundamentally, it is **IMPOSSIBLE** to have a religiously neutral education. All schooling has religious worldview, and government schooling is no exception. At its best, at its inception, it taught a generic and lukewarm Protestantism, and Americans learned to be lukewarm and generic about their denomination's faith. Now government schooling is godlessly nihilistic and this author is wondering why the institution of the family is disintegrating? Is a “duh” needed here?
The Barna Foundation’s studies show that even children from highly active evangelical homes have only a 15% chance of remaining faithful two years after graduating from their nihilistic government school. The outcomes for those children from less firmly grounded Christian homes must be even worse.
An astute observation! It may interest you to know that on April 18, 2005, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, (then DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF CARDINALS), lead the PRO ELIGENDO ROMANO PONTIFICE mass that was said at the Vatican before the cardinals were sequestered in conclave to elect the next pope. One of the readings was (Eph 4: 14). In his homily, he expounded on precisely the comment you made.
How many winds of doctrine have we known in recent decades, how many ideological currents, how many ways of thinking. The small boat of the thought of many Christians has often been tossed about by these waves - flung from one extreme to another: from Marxism to liberalism, even to libertinism; from collectivism to radical individualism; from atheism to a vague religious mysticism; from agnosticism to syncretism and so forth. Every day new sects spring up, and what St Paul says about human deception and the trickery that strives to entice people into error (cf. Eph 4: 14) comes true.
Today, having a clear faith based on the Creed of the Church is often labeled as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, that is, letting oneself be "tossed here and there, carried about by every wind of doctrine", seems the only attitude that can cope with modern times. We are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one's own ego and desires.
Those words drilled their way into my heart. That was 2005. We are now in 2013 and what Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger said, rings louder than ever.
Thanks for the post and ping.