Wednesday, March 22, 2006

a fear of moral decline

It seems that Americans trust atheists less than any other segment of the population; lower even than Muslims, recent immigrants, gays and lesbians. Thankfully, atheists are not compelled to wear the scarlet letter “A” on their breasts. A study scheduled for publication in the April issue of The American Sociological Review will portray this completely depressing picture. According to UMNnews, Atheists, 3% of the population, are shunned because of the majority’s "fear of moral decline". The last time I checked, America’s prison population was replete with internees calling themselves Christians. Moral turpitude is acceptable as long as one has religion.

I prefer to fault Christians for American’s moral decline, and so do other Christians. Karen Horst Cobb authored America's Moral Decline and the Rise of False Christianity for the Common Dreams News Center. Her insightful essay captures the essence of the challenge facing American religion today. Modern mega churches are transforming American Christianity into something immoral. Cobb's supposition demonstrates authentic insight into the morality issue. I recommend reading it.

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michele said...

I think the moral decline in America is broader than Christianity but I agree that there are a lot of Christians who claim to be Christians but aren't following the teachings of Christ. People always want to lump me in with the Pat Robertsons and Jerry Farwells, I'm not like them.

Atheists are considered immoral, Christians are considered hypocrites, they're both caricatures. The truth is that were individuals, not the sum of all others who claim to share our beliefs.

Anonymous said...

Very good post. I will read the False Christianity piece you linked. What michele says here is very insightful as well. An atheistic society has been tried and found pretty destructive. But to think all atheists are militant atheists like Stalin and Hitler would be a bit of a prejudice as well. BUT..for the world to see Christianity as what is lived by most of us who call ourselves Christian requires all Christians to lament and do some very serious soul searching