More teens becoming ‘fake’ Christians

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Story Highlights

  • More teenagers embracing watered-down Christianity, author argues in new book.
  • American teenagers are embracing “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.
  • Most American teens who called themselves Christian were indifferent and inarticulate about their faith.
  • “If teenagers lack an articulate faith, it may be because the faith we show them is too spineless to merit much in the way of conversation,” wrote Dean, a professor of youth and church culture at Princeton Theological Seminary.
  • Who’s responsible for inspiring teens? Parents and pastors are, author says.

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