MTD: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

Christian Smith and Melinda Denton, investigators for the National Study of Youth and Religion, see an alternative faith in American teenagers, one that “feeds on and gradually co-opts if not devours” established religious traditions: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.

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What Are Young People Like?

This is very interesting and the presentation is user-friendly. The KCs and the Marists have conducted a survey of American Millennials (age 18 to 29) on spirituality – moral values, world views, religious experiences, and social issues. They seem to be interested in spirituality, relativistic (to use a slippery term) on morality, and concerned about social issues. As we say in Minnesota, not half bad. Could be worse.

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