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“moralistic therapeutic deism”

September 2, 2010

 Say what?

According to Kenda Creasy Dean (author of “Almost Christian”), “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.”

I have to wonder: Are adults immune to this thought or are we suffering quite similarly by thinking God is around to make us feel better? I have a feeling that adults often succumb to lounging on a couch, God at our side with pen and clipboard, nodding in validation of our feelings.

How did we come around to this way of thinking? A one-size-fits-me kind of faith? It reminds me of a Casting Crowns song called “Slow Fade”.

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day

It’s a slow fade. Now that we’re aware we may be practicing “fake christianity”, what do we do? I yearn for something more, something from the heart. I guess I’ll go back to John 1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Time to dust off The Green Bible.

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