Viewpoints: Why is faith falling in the US?
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 11:48 PM
This rapid and widespread falling away of the young from institutional Christianity is the first harvest of what sociologists Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton dub "Moralistic Therapeutic Deism".
But the Nones number is deceptively low, understating the
generational wave now breaking upon the US religious landscape. Among young adults aged 18-29, 30% are Nones, and their numbers are rapidly rising.
America's postmodern religious future, then, would appear to belong to theological slackers who believe in a vague deity who makes no demands, and only provides
psychological comfort. Who needs that mush? At least atheists have the courage of their lack of religious convictions.
At some point, the Nones may discover that neither MTD nor atheism can give them the otherworldly hope they need to endure and to triumph over true suffering.