Ready for Confirmation in the Most Holy Church of Narcissism

September 15, 2007 § 1 Comment

Sociologists Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton spent time with American teenagers, collecting their reflections and opinions about religion and God. It is hardly surprising that the teens were unsophisticated. However, the language they used was that of therapy and self-help. Truth, sanctity, and sacrifice were of little importance. Rather, religion was for most of these youths an instrument of personal self-realization.

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  • Rodak says:

    “This mindset reduces religious ethics to being nice and happy while living a safe and productive life spent thinking warm and fuzzy thoughts about self and universe.”That strikes me as being very accurate. It does not strike me, however, as being specifically characteristic of teenagers. It would also seem to be a fair description of the majority of adult church-goers one encounters in the ordinary course of events.

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