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Pollster George Barna reported that “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism,” or “watered-down, feel-good, fake Christianity” was widely prevalent in the United States.
Barna’s research, titled the “American Worldview Inventory 2021,” states that these beliefs were commonly found among teenagers in the early 2000s, and that they remain pervasive in their adulthood. This makes MTD “the most popular worldview in the United States today.”
Based on the responses people gave during half-hour individual interviews, WND previously estimated that 94 percent of Americans do not hold a biblical worldview.
According to the study, close to four out of ten adults (38%) was quoted as saying that they “are more likely to embrace elements of MTD” than other mainstream worldviews like biblical theism, secular humanism, postmodernism, nihilism, Marxism and its offshoot Critical Theory, and Eastern Mysticism.
However, three out of four people who accept MTD continue to identify as Christians