Something to Think About
'Theological Implosion' Among Christian Teens?
Here's an interesting article: "Christian Teens? Not Very" by Dale Buss, writing in The Wall Street Journal.
makes the point that while many American teenagers "may profess the
faith and indeed love Jesus, the vast majority of Christian teenagers in
this country actually hold beliefs fundamentally antithetical to the
creed." See the article at Pseudo-faith?
a world torn by religious zealotry, not caring much about other people's
beliefs (or even your own) can be a virtue."
From the BBC's 'In Depth': Iran. Who Holds the Power?
you ever wondered how a real life theocracy functions? Well, the Iranian
people live under a system which is purportedly a working Republic.
Unfortunately the decisions of their elected representatives have to go
through one more level of approval before they are 'ok' -- the theological
level. (This involves quite a bit more than just invoking the Diety, and
then looking for 'signs') Here's how it all works.... You might ask those
friendly folks who would like to see America become a Christian theocracy:
"Hey, do you think Iran should be the model?" The
elites unquestionably have polarized. But it is a mistake to assume that
such elite polarization is equally present in the broader public. It is
not. However much they may claim that they are responding to the public,
political elites do not take extreme positions because voters make them.
Rather, by presenting them with polarizing alternatives, elites make
voters appear polarized, but the reality shows through clearly when voters
have a choice of more moderate alternatives..."
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