It’s always easy to point the finger at someone else and smack them with a label. “You are a Moralistic Therapeutic Deist” But, one of the main points of Soul Searching was that Moralistic Therapeutic Deism is the dominant religious instinct in America today. If that’s that means I need to start the evaluation process, not with others, but with myself. If we’ve established that MTD represents a significant diversion from historical and biblical Christianity then the next question is this, “have we diverged from historical and biblical Christianity?”
Here are six signs you (or I) might be Moralistic Therapeutic Deists. Even if you don’t agree with any of these statements cognitively, ask whether you agree with them in action.
You might be a Moralistic Therapeutic Deist if you agree with the following statements:
1) Everyone decides for themselves what is right (i.e., “it’s right for her”).
2) All religions are basically the same because they help people be moral.
3) The best part of Christianity is that it makes me feel good.
4) You should choose a faith based on personal preferences. (4b: It’s generally not a good idea to try to convert someone to another faith).
5) God doesn’t really place any hard demands on my life, and it’s unlikely that he will.
6) Religion is only a part of my life when I am having a problem.
The biggest sign you’re a moralistic therapeutic deist is if, when you consider the role of God in your life, you see God as the servant and yourself as the Master. The question is this: Who is in charge? Who has authority? MTD says the autonomous self. Christianity says God.