I recently read a review by author Ross Douthat regarding his new book "Bad Religion: How we became a nation of heretics"
The interview was an interesting read, I do take issue with a few of his points as he is obviously pushing to get back to a more "institutional religion" for Americans.
You can read the entire interview here:
"Institutional religion in the United States — institutional Christianity in particular — is much, much weaker today than it was 40 years ago. But religion itself is as strong as ever. ... But the eclipse of institutional faith, and the eclipse of what I would say was a kind of a Christian center that the country used to have, has created a landscape where religion divides us much more than it used to." Exactly, that is why religion especially institutional religion is NOT a good thing.
Overall, not a bad interview, I don't buy his conclusions. I do find his arguments interesting.
Is America falling apart? No, I don't think it is.
Do we need more institutional Christianity. NO. We need, free thinking people that decide for themselves what is good and believable. We do NOT need someone telling us what to believe.