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October 08, 2012
Secularists with a Twist
How religiously diverse is America after all? For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet.
Sociologist Peter Berger once observed that if India were the most religious country in the world and Sweden the most secular, then America was a nation of Indians ruled by Swedes. It is amazing that ideas coming from secular corners of our society—like the academy and media—overpower ideas from the larger society.
And these ideas are so powerful, it’s convinced many of us the makeup of our society is different than it actually is. According to a recent study by Grey Matter Research, most Americans assume our nation is far more religiously diverse than it is, overestimating the numbers of Muslims, Mormons, Jews, and especially atheists and agnostics, while underestimating the number of Christians.
That may explain the Christian inferiority complex in the public square. Or, maybe, many Christians are secularists with a twist. They’re Christians privately, but not publically. Christ may have won their hearts, but secularism has won their minds. For thePointRadio.org, I’m John Stonestreet.
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