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Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

First, if you profess to be a Christian, check how many of the following points do you agree:

  1. A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth.
  2. God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.
  3. The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself.
  4. God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life except when God is needed to resolve a problem.
  5. Good people go to heaven when they die.

If you keep nodding your head and pretty much agree with all of the above, and that they do essentially describe your faith…. sorry, but that’s not biblical Christianity. It is a worldview labeled as Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.

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Solution? Go back to the basics and relearn what true biblical Christianity is about. These are good places to start:

  1. New City Catechism – A joint adult and children’s catechism consisting of 52 questions and answers adapted by Timothy Keller and Sam Shammas from the Reformation catechisms.
  2. The Catechism from the original Anglican Book of Common Prayer (1962 Canada)
  3. To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism – a new Anglican catechism developed in 2014 by the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), with Dr. J.I. Packer heading the Catechesis Task Force as the General Editor.

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  1. Lue-Yee Tsang says

    On the continent, the Heidelberg Catechism in particular was highly commended by our English divines.

    • Anson says

      Yes, thanks for the reference.