As a youth pastor passionate about both spiritual formation and missional vocation, I am extremely grateful for the recent work of Kenda Creasy Dean, Almost Christian (2010). In this book she builds on similar observations made by Boyett by claiming that much of the theology of not only Christian teenagers, but also the wider American church is less rooted in Scripture and more akin to “moralistic therapeutic deism.” This cultural theology illustrates the gospel as follows:
• God wants people to be good, nice and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions.
 Boyett, Jason. "O Jesus, Who Art Thou?" Relevant Magazine. July/August 2005. pp. 40-43.
 Barth, Karl. Evangelical Theology: An Introduction. Translated by Grover Foley. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1963. p. 7.
 Brian McLaren's newest book, A New Kind of Christianity (2010) refers to common (mis)understandings and biblical hermenutics as manifestations of the ancient Greco-Roman narrative.
 This comes from Kenda Creasy Dean's recent article, "Faith: Nice and Easy," published in Christian Century: http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2010-08/faith-nice-and-easy. 3 Aug 2010.
 I will defend youth to the grave on this point. Maybe I am bias, but I believe youth are some of the more creative, intuitive, and prophetic witnesses to the gospel. That's my little shout out to the Imago Dei Youth of WPC ;) The larger question remains in terms of the faith that is handed down to them from generation to generation.
 Also cited from article above.