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« Topic Start: August 28, 2010, 06:43:18 pm »

Author: More teens becoming 'fake' Christians

(CNN) -- 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.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/08/27/almost.christian/index.html?hpt=T2
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« Reply #1: August 28, 2010, 08:29:12 pm »

Author: More teens becoming 'fake' Christians

(CNN) -- 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.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/08/27/almost.christian/index.html?hpt=T2

Am I mistaken or is Dean arguing for an increase in fundamentalism among teen aged Christians?
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« Reply #2: August 28, 2010, 09:22:46 pm »




Whoever did the research for this article used poor word choices. For one, they should have substituted the word "teen" for "people". To be fair to the christian faith, there are a ton of people practicing a McDonalized version of the faith; not in the sense they want to have a more intimate relationship with their creator with less dogma, but in the sense that they don't want to do any work through either research or worship.
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« Reply #3: August 28, 2010, 10:06:16 pm »

Am I mistaken or is Dean arguing for an increase in fundamentalism among teen aged Christians?

I don't think so, perhaps just more depth to their religious beliefs.
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« Reply #4: August 29, 2010, 09:27:57 am »

Am I mistaken or is Dean arguing for an increase in fundamentalism among teen aged Christians?

No. Just more in-depth training and instilling more engagement in the religious bodies' beliefs. 

For example get say UU kids to understand, in core religious terms, why the UUA supports various social / political positions.

Also that involvement in their local church needs to be more than being bored in weekly Sunday school.

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