Designer Religions and Smorgasbord Faiths

This inattention to belief fits our culture’s impatience with detail. In society today, beliefs have been domesticated. We no longer fight about them. We don’t really argue about them. We may not even care about them anymore. After all, we think, so many beliefs are merely passing fashions or momentary expressions of individual wants or desires. Americans create designer religions and smorgasbord faiths – “Oh, I’ll take a little of this from Hinduism, a little of this from Christianity, a little of this from my grandmother (I don’t remember what she was)” – and put it all together as their own individual, unique religion. Today people believe to be true simply what they desire to be true.

– Mark Dever, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, p. 58.

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