An excerpt from “The Ivy Jungle Network Campus Ministry Update September 2010”:
Princeton Seminary Professor Kendra Creasy Dean shares what she considers some depressing news in her new book, Almost Christian. As a researcher in the National Study for Youth and Religion, she helped conduct in depth interviews with more than 3300 teenagers who call themselves Christians. Her findings show that most “Christian” kids are indifferent and inarticulate about their faith. The faith they do discuss often boils down to what has been labeled “moralistic therapeutic deism” – a belief in a generally good God who exists primarily to help make people happy. This “imposter” faith contributes to the massive departure of so many young people from the church during their high school and college years. Too often parents and churches have low expectations for teenagers. Too many youth groups are designed to keep students out of trouble and simply being nice – not truly exploring the faith. However, she did find some who had a passion for their faith and an ability to talk about it in a meaningful way. These committed teenagers most often came from Mormon or evangelical backgrounds. She identified four common traits among this group: They have a personal story about God they can share, a deep connection to a faith community, a sense of purpose and a sense of hope about their future (CNN August 27, 2010)
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