The State of American Spirituality . . . A Nation of Heretics?


Warren Cole Smith

Several years ago New York Times columnist Ross Douthat made a splash with his provocative book, “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics.” As the title implies, religion isn’t vanishing in America; it’s simply embracing heretical ideas—from the prosperity gospel to sanctifying sexual immorality to political idolatry. What Douthat wrote back then still applies. Warren Cole Smith caught up with Douthat at the recent Touchstone conference.

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