Unfortunately, it’s hard to disagree with his assessment:

Obviously the world of religious conservatism also includes lots of people who are invested in actual Christian orthodoxy, as opposed to the Osteen-Shori vision of God as a really powerful life coach. But the theological continuum that encompasses both Schori-style liberal Protestants and Oprah-watching, The Secret-reading spiritual seekers – call it moralistic therapeutic deism, call it gnosticism, call it the American heresy – extends way deeper into the “religious right” than a lot of people think.

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Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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  1. makelovehappen July 27, 2008 at 1:24 am

    Gnosticism is more typically a problem in Europe and the universities -where people look with contempt and superiority upon the ignorant.

    There sure is a lot of smugness in America, though. A lot of day-time talk show programming has contributed to that.


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