In a recent New York Times opinion piece, David Brooks interacts with Christian Smith’s latest book Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood. According to Brooks, most of the young people interviewed by Smith and his colleagues “could generally agree that rape and murder are wrong. But aside from these extreme cases, moral thinking didn’t enter the picture, even when considering things like drunk driving, cheating in school or cheating on a partner. ‘I don’t really deal with right and wrong that often,’ is how one interviewee put it.’” Christian Smith has been a frequent WHI guest over the years to discuss his work for the National Study of Youth and Religion. According to Smith, most of what passes for Christianity today, regardless of the denomination, is “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.” You can read Brooks’ NYT piece here.
Program Note: Michael Horton recently interviewed Christian Smith about Lost in Transition, along with another book of his which unpacks his reasons for leaving Evangelicalism in favor of Roman Catholicism. That interview will air later next month. In the meantime, however, you can listen to the following conversation between Horton and Smith recorded last year on the campus of Notre Dame: WHI-1029