Bad Religion : How We Became A Nation Of Heretics – Ross Douthat, Free Press, 2012, 3 p
” America has indeed become less traditionally Christian across the last.half century, just as religious conservatives insist, with unhappy consequences for our national life. But certain kinds of religious faith are as influential as ever , just as secular critics and the new atheists contend – and they’re right, as well, that to the extent that there’s an ongoing crisis in American culture, the excesses of the faithful probably matter more than the sins of unbelievers.
That’s because America’s problem isn’t too much religion, or too litle of it. It’s bad religion : the slow-motion collapse of traditional Christianity and the rise of variety of destructive pseudo-Christianities in its place. Since the 1960’s, the institutions that sustained orthodox Christian belief-Catholic and Protestant alike-have entered a state of near-terminal decline. The churches with strongest connection to the Christian past have lost members, money, and authority; the elite that was once at least sympathetic to Christian ideas has become hostile or indifferent; and the culture as a whole has turned its back on many of the faith’s precepts and demands. „