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The article doesn’t debunk anything. Anyone can profess to be Christian, but the question is what does he believe? Dr. Christian Smith in Soul Searching, which was published by Oxford University Press, looked at that issue in the largest academic survey of “Christian” teens ever done. The results were not pretty, and they were completely consistent with the bad news from Barna and elsewhere.


5 posted on 07/27/2010 11:06:53 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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I’m guessing indicators of the popularity of the “theistic, moralistic, therapeutic” mode-of-thought, right? (eg “I’m ok; basically everyone is a good person and while we fail sometimes as long as you ‘try to be good’ everything is fine.”)

I’m reminded of a small video I saw wherein a speaker said, to a room full of *PASTORS*, “There is a difference between you and me: you believe that something is true because you believe it; I believe in it because it is true.” (Or something similar.) And I have to say that such seems to be the state of much [American] Christianity today: people don’t believe it because it’s true, but believe it based on ‘feelings.’ {There’s a theory/supposition that this is tied into the “feminization of the Church”-phenomena, and this is why many men don’t like church: it’s all about [feminine-type] ‘feelings’ and not at all about ‘Truth’/’Justice’ and “standing against evil.”}


7 posted on 07/27/2010 11:19:33 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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