I thought these two blog posts were very good concerning the "new" evangelical Christianity being pedaled today.
Christian Smith has indentified five points of what he calls Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.
1. A God exists who created and orders the world and watches over human life on earth.
2. God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.
3. The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.
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.
Then he writes, "However, this is the basis of the 'theology' predominantly preached and taught throughout the seeker movement."
The other post is from the Sola Sisters, and they write,
There is a new wind blowing across the landscape of evangelical Christianity. There are those who say, and it's increasingly common to hear, things like this in the evangelical church. There are those who say:
"We need less doctrine and more devotion."
"We need less learning and more loving."
"It's not what you believe that matters, it's whom you trust."
"We need to focus on the heart, not the head."
"We need to move from conviction to conversation."
"We need to move from the absolute to the authentic."
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