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The U.S.’s “fertile soil” for new religious movements

The U.S.’s “fertile soil” for new religious movements

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  1. The U.S.’s “fertile soil” for new religious movements 10 reasons for the lengthy list of options populating America’s religious menu Howard Culbertson Southern Nazarene University

  2. 1. Secularism • Secular people • May look religious, but live without a daily awareness of or reference to God and His church • Think God and His people are irrelevant • Find Christianity boring and perhaps even untrue

  3. 2. Anxiety over threats to human survival

  4. 3. Uncertainties produced by complexity of modern existence

  5. 4. Betrayals by political and religious leaders

  6. 5. Intense longing for transcendence

  7. 6. Breakdown of family and neighborhood groups

  8. 7. Feeling of lostness which moral relativism accentuates

  9. 8. Naïve openness to religious imports

  10. 9. Affluence and consumerism “ Religion comparison chart” of skit in Worldview Boutique video

  11. 10. Failures in the church • Inadequate Biblical teaching • sub-Christian “gospel of success” • Extreme individualism • Sterile liturgy • Overemphasis on doctrine • Lack of authentic Christian community

  12. The U.S.’s “fertile soil” for new religious movements End