Monday, August 02, 2010

Do Not Conform Yourself...

“Ecclesiastical structures that depart from the faith do so by the loss of distinctiveness, the gradual conformation of their thought and life to that of the larger community. Sociological observations confirm that, by and large, the religious institutions of the United States do not teach values that are distinctive to their own traditions but rather use religious terminology that ratifies the values of the broader society. There is little to distinguish what the churches say from what other institutions teach, and wea are left therefore with only an indistinctive religion-in-general. The public school, for example, will be found to be teaching little that is different from the ecclesiastical structure. Survey information suggests that people brought up in such churches, and the clergy trained to work in them, find that traditional Christian doctrines seem implausible. They are so accustomed to deferring to society’s norms as their norms that anything else seems odd.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 235).
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