11.8.10

The Most Popular Religion in the North America?

What do you think is the most popular religion in the North America?




Have a choice? 

If you guessed Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Mormonism, Buddhism, Hinduism, or any other recognized world religion, then your wrong.  That is, your wrong according to Christopher Smith, as he claims in this article (which is the source of all quotations in this post). He argues that the de facto dominant religion is one with no structure or organization, no official name, and with no official adherents: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.  

Its tenets are as follows: 
"1. A God exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life. 
2. God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the bible and most world religions. 
3. The central goal of life is to be happy and feel good about yourself. 
4. God does not need to be particularly involved in one's life except when he is needed to resolve a problem. 
5. Good people go to heaven when they die."

I have to say that I find Smith's insights to be both frightening and accurate...

So, how much does your lived faith resemble this picture? Because this is not Christianity.  This is western cultural religion at its best, the product of 19th century philosophy, romantic-era liberal values, advertising, and consumerism. 



3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"It's tenants are as follows:"

Don't you mean "Its tenets are as follows:"?

Roger Hui

Andrew said...

Indeed, that's exactly what I meant. Noted and changed; thank you :)

Anonymous said...

There is still an error: it should be "Its tenets" instead of "It's tenets".

Roger Hui