moralistic therapeutic deism

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2005 neologism (coined by Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton in Soul searching: the religious and spiritual lives of American teenagers, Oxford University Press, 2005).


moralistic therapeutic deism (uncountable)

  1. a diffuse notion of theism and morality, which need not be tied to any particular religious creed, found to be common among early 21st century US American teenagers.
  1. 'Moralistic Therapeutic Deism' indicates the young people's view is that religion is 'good for you' in so far as it provides people with a moral framework (Sara Savage, Sylvia Collins-Mayo, Making sense of Generation Y: the world view of 15- to 25-year-olds, 2006, p. 50)