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Bad Religion : How We Became A Nation Of Heretics (5)


51yjHn35ZiL” In 1940, churchgoing rates hovered around 40 percent; by the late 1950’s, they were close to 50 percent. Religious identification increased more rapidly than usual as well, with church membership growing almost twice as fast as population growth. In 1930, 47 percent of Americans were formally affiliated with a church or denomination; the number had risen to 69 percent in 1960. The prestige of religious leaders rose; for example, a poll from 1957 found that 46 percent of Americans described the clergy as the group „doing the most good” in the nation’s common life, easily outstripping politicians, businessmen, and labor leaders. Enrollments in seminaries and Sunday schools increased steadily, and there was a great surge in church construction: Americans spent $26 million on sacred architecture in 1945, $409 million in 1950, and a billion dollars in 1960…”
Bad Religion : How We Became A Nation Of Heretics – Ross Douthat, Free Press, 2012, 21,22p

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Bad Religion : How We Became A Nation Of Heretics (4)


” The definition of heresy proposed by Alister McGrath is a useful one: A Christian heresy is „best seen as a form of Christian belief that, more by accident than design, ultimately ends up subverting, destabilizing or even destroying the core of Christian faith”. But McGrath’s cautionary follow-up is also useful :”Both this proces of destabilization and the  identification of its threat may be spread out over an extended period of time…”

Bad Religion : How We Became A Nation Of Heretics – Ross Douthat, Free Press, 2012, 9p

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Bad Religion : How We Became A Nation Of Heretics (3)


Bad Religion : How We Became A Nation Of Heretics – Ross Douthat, Free Press, 2012, 4,5p

” In this America,the ancient Christian teaching that the Scripture are simultaneously divinely inspired and open to multiple interpretations has become an either/or choise instead. You’re either a rigid fundamentalist who believes that dinosaurs just missed hitching a ride on Noah’s Ark, or a self-consciously progressive believer for whom the Bible is a kind of refrigerator magnet poetry, awaiting rearrangement by more enlightened minds. As a result, the Jesus of the New Testament, whose paradoxical mix of qualities and commandments presents a challenge to every ideology and faction, has been replaced in the hearts and minds of many Americans with a more congenial figure-a „chose your own Jesus” who better fits their own preconceptions about what a savior should and shouldn’t be…”

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