“I Want to Suffer, Too”

Sociologist Christian Smith’s claim regarding the religious climate in America is that most Americans, from baby boomers to today’s youth, have adopted a new sort of “national religion”: “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism,” or MTD. This “religion”, which emerged from hundreds of interviews with US teenagers, consists of a God who created and orders the world, watching …

Another Essay on Forgiveness

We say a great many things in church (and out of church too) without thinking of what we are saying. For instance, we say in the Creed “I believe in the forgiveness of sins.” I had been saying it for several years before I asked myself why it was in the Creed. At first sight …