In Search of Clarity: A Look at Religious Confusion in America
children prepared to pick up the torch after we’re gone? Is it important what we believe about the end times, or the
A church on every corner. Thousands of denominations to choose from. Heated
debates between scientists and theologians. The chatter at the school cafeteria, or
the office water cooler. Sacred tradition, complacency, family custom, and ancient
superstitions. All of these factors have come together to produce an American
nation that doesn’t quite know what to make of its God. Overwhelmingly we call
ourselves Christians, but what does that really mean? Is it merely a label we wear,
or a gut-level identity that informs and directs our daily lives?
We will examine the hazards of instant conversion, and the origins of modern
evangelistic methods. How can we ever hope to reach the unsaved outside world,
when less than half of our members show up for worship each week? We may
become more materially prosperous each year, but you'd never know it by watching
what we drop into the collection plate.
Since we’re saved by divine grace, does it really matter how we live? Did the
Reformation truly renounce Catholicism, or restore primitive Christianity? Are our
Sabbath, or homeschooling? Many people attend church year after year, yet don’t have a good understanding of the
faith that they profess.
We can find a way forward, but only if we’re humble enough to come to grips with these important issues and admit
that we have a problem.
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