Read the article â€œItâ€™s Getting Harder to Talk About Religionâ€ by Jonathan Merritt which can be found in the “Discussion #3” folder in the “Course Content” module.
Merritt produces data to suggest that Americans increasingly avoid spiritual conversations and that a shared American â€œspiritual vocabularyâ€ is in decline. He points to one practical consequence: as more Americans stop having spiritual conversations, religious and political leaders use spiritual language in a growing vacuum to advance causes that blatantly oppose religious values.
To quote Merritt: â€œThat toothy televangelist keeps using spiritual language to call for donations to buy a second jet. The politician keeps using spiritual language to push unjust legislation. The street preacher keeps using spiritual language to peddle the fear of a fiery hell. They can dominate the conversation because weâ€™ve stopped speaking God. In our effort to avoid contributing to the problem, we can actually worsen it.â€
In your initial post, use what youâ€™ve learned about spirituality and religion in this class to explain why you agree or disagree with Merrittâ€™s thesis.
In replies all the members of your group, find points of either agreement or disagreement and build on your classmatesâ€™ thoughts.
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