Ross Douthat laments America’s departure from its Christian center and is convinced that we have become a “nation of heretics.” This plunge into heresy can be traced to the Jesus Seminar, Elaine Pagels and Dan Brown.
I would add some others to the list! His narrative of decline implicates the sexual revolution, globalization, (by which he means exposure to non-Christian religions), the Vietnam War, liberal seminaries, the ordination of women, the growing acceptance of divorce and the growing acceptance of homosexuality. Obviouosly, contemporary expressions of Christianity have given traditionalist Douthat a bit of heartburn!
Some key questions:
1. Is his suggestion that American Christians prefer therapy over theology correct?
2. Are theologians failing to engage the public, as he argues?
3. Is his assumption that America is a Christian nation appropriate?
4. What do you think of his assertion that vitality in Christianity has been primarily sustained by the unlikely partnership of Roman Catholics and evangelicals?
5. What does he make of the contemporary quest for spirituality?
6. How does he view the role of capitalism in shaping Christianity today?
7. What solution to this morass does he offer?
From early on in life my desire has been to follow God and serve Him in any capacity that was available to me. My grandparents, who actively involved me in the spiritual life of our family, raised me in a Christian household.
I accepted Christ as my personal savior when I was nine years old. As a teenager I felt a strong, consuming desire to do more with my life, especially as it related to life within the staging church. After much prayer and spiritual counseling, I answered the call to preach when I was 16 and delivered my first sermon when I was 17, becoming the fourth generation of pastors/ministers in my family. Eventually, my responsibilities within the staging church increased. I have served as Youth Minister, Associate Minister, Assistant Pastor, Interim Pastor, and Senior Pastor in churches in Missouri and Texas.