The New American Religion

One of my questions to priests is why should I be Catholic and not some other Christian sect? Most of them mumble something about getting the "fullness of the faith". Nothing is mentioned of "salvation". However the below five items will talkto the "New Faith of American Catholicism"...

1. "A god exists who created and ordered 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 God is needed to resolve a problem." 5. "Good people go to heaven when they die."

That, in sum, is the creed to which much adolescent faith can be reduced. After conducting more than 3,000 interviews with American adolescents, the researchers reported that, when it came to the most crucial questions of faith and beliefs, many adolescents responded with a shrug and "whatever."

Thanks to Christine at Laudem Glorae


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