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The Triumph Of MTD

Let’s remind ourselves of the tenets of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism, which Notre Dame sociologist of religion Christian Smith says…
Rod Dreher August 7, 2019

A House Built On Sand MTD

The following e-mail from a reader of this blog is over three years old, but my friend Karen Swallow…
Rod Dreher September 9, 2017

The Ancient Creed of MTD

Charles Featherstone found this literary description of a Moralistic Therapeutic Deist. I’ve taken the name of the character out…
Rod Dreher February 19, 2015

How To Talk To An MTD Millennial

A reader writes to ask: I’m almost 29, married, have two kids, and am a convert to Orthodox Christianity.…
Rod Dreher December 11, 2013

MTD and Same-Sex Marriage

Michael Horton illuminates a point I keep trying to make to my fellow conservatives about the moral and theological…
Rod Dreher May 16, 2012

Johnny Cash vs. MTD

Emily Esfahani Smith remembers Johnny Cash’s spirituality: “I don’t compromise my religion,” Cash once declared. “If I’m with someone…
Rod Dreher February 29, 2012

MTD and the degraded civil order

Sean Scallon sends along this quote from David Frum’s mid-1990s book “Dead Right.” Great observation about the effect of…
Rod Dreher November 9, 2011

Christianity In Public Life OK Again

Gosh, it seems like just yesterday that the dogma was living loud within orthodox, conservative Christians, which made them…
Rod Dreher January 25, 2021

The Lost Souls Of MAGA & QAnon

This blog has been chronicling over the years the takeover of the progressive mind by the cult of Woke.…
Rod Dreher January 11, 2021

Letter From A Struggling Young Man

I received this moving letter this afternoon. Its author has given me permission to share it with you:  …
Rod Dreher January 5, 2021