When Are We Going to Grow Up? The Juvenilization of American Christianity

Wow! What a read about the Church and the way it has mingled with popular culture. It’s not surprising that people would find this version of faith/spirituality to be inadequate and unfulfilling. Resonates with a nagging question: when will “the next generation” in the church becomes “the generation”? Not gonna happen anytime soon when the mindset is to take and not to give.

Juvenilization tends to create a self-centered, emotionally driven, and intellectually empty faith.

Today many Americans of all ages not only accept a Christianized version of adolescent narcissism, they often celebrate it as authentic spirituality. God, faith, and the church all exist to help me with my problems…If we believe that a mature faith involves more than good feelings, vague beliefs, and living however we want, we must conclude that juvenilization has revitalized American Christianity at the cost of leaving many individuals mired in spiritual immaturity.

When Are We Going to Grow Up? The Juvenilization of American Christianity


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