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Imposter Faith Uncovered

September 2, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Too many of our teens are following a “moralistic therapeutic deism” with an “imposter” faith” because they have been hearing a “gospel of niceness.” Those are a few of the sharp words John Blake mentions in his review of Kenda Creasy Dean’s book, Almost Christian.

According to Dean, a few churches (Mormon and Evangelicals) are providing teens with a “significant faith community” that makes a difference.  Blake writes,

“No matter their background, Dean says committed Christian teens share four traits: They have a personal story about God they can share, a deep connection to a faith community, a sense of purpose and a sense of hope about their future.”

As expected, Dean says parents are key to bringing about change in the faith of their teens.  “One act of radical faith” can make a difference but only if their action is explained. More from Blake about Dean’s book:

But it’s not enough to be radical — parents must explain “this is how Christians live,” she says.

“If you don’t say you’re doing it because of your faith, kids are going to say my parents are really nice people,” Dean says. “It doesn’t register that faith is supposed to make you live differently unless parents help their kids connect the dots.”

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