Monday, September 19, 2011

Today's Teens are Amoral, not Immoral

David Brooks of the New York Times reports on a book that reveals how young people today are incapable of defining morality. While that's hardly news, it does make you wonder how hard we Pentecostals are working to make sure the next generation is learning how to define the great truths in their own words.

Say Brooks:

“Not many of them have previously given much or any thought to many of the kinds of questions about morality that we asked,” Smith and his co-authors write. When asked about wrong or evil, they could generally agree that rape and murder are wrong. But, aside from these extreme cases, moral thinking didn’t enter the picture, even when considering things like drunken driving, cheating in school or cheating on a partner. “I don’t really deal with right and wrong that often,” is how one interviewee put it.

1 comment:

Angela said...

Nor do they understand the concept of right and wrong. In college I did a presentation in which I mentioned the words "right" and "wrong". Afterwards, one of my younger classmates came up to me and asked what I meant. Great blog!