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  • Church attendance 'to fall by 90%

    12/22/2008 8:43:46 PM PST · by Marechal · 25 replies · 915+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 21 December 2008 | Jamie Doward
    In one of the most holy weeks in the Christian calendar, a report says that in just over a generation the number of people attending Church of England Sunday services will fall to less than a tenth of what they are now. Christian Research, the statistical arm of the Bible Society, claimed that by 2050 Sunday attendance will fall below 88,000, compared with just under a million now. The controversial forecast, based on a "snapshot" census of church attendances, has been seized upon by secular groups as proof that the established church is in decline. But the Church of England...
  • Philip Jenkins on Assyrian (er Nestorian) Christians

    12/16/2008 7:20:34 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies · 354+ views
    Culture11 ^ | December 16th, 2008 | Chris Dierkes
    Philip Jenkins has a piece up in the Boston Globe that is worth the read. It’s kinda two pieces (or maybe 1 1/2) in one. One side is a response to the Vatican inquiry (Jenkins is High Church Anglican) for investing Roman Catholic theologian Peter Phan on the question of inter-religious dialogue/discussion. Phan’s bio is here. A correction to Jenkins’ article–Phan is not a Jesuit, he teaches at a Jesuit school. For anyone interested, background on Phan’s case here from John Allen, Jr. That part of his article imo is less successful (and less interesting) than the other half which...
  • Muslims outnumber Catholics

    03/30/2008 8:36:11 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 50 replies · 939+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 31 March 2008
    ISLAM has overtaken Roman Catholicism as the biggest single religious denomination in the world. Monsignor Vittorio Formenti, who compiled the Vatican's 2008 yearbook, said Muslims made up 19.2 per cent of the world's population and Catholics 17.4 per cent. "For the first time in history we are no longer at the top - the Muslims have overtaken us," Monsignor Formenti told Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, saying the data referred to 2006. He said that if all Christian groups were considered, including Orthodox churches, Anglicans and Protestants, then Christians made up 33 per cent of the world's population - or about...
  • Vatican: Islam Has "Overtaken" Catholicism (With Population Increases, Muslims Now Larger)

    03/30/2008 4:48:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies · 1,134+ views
    CBS News ^ | March 30, 2008
    "For the first time in history, we are no longer at the top: Muslims have overtaken us," Monsignor Vittorio Formenti said in an interview with the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. Formenti compiles the Vatican's yearbook. He said that Catholics accounted for 17.4 percent of the world population - a stable percentage - while Muslims were at 19.2 percent. "It is true that while Muslim families, as is well known, continue to make a lot of children, Christian ones on the contrary tend to have fewer and fewer," the monsignor said. Formenti said that the data refer to 2006. The figures...
  • Muslims more numerous than Catholics

    03/30/2008 9:12:09 AM PDT · by lajollasurfer · 63 replies · 1,483+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/30/08
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Islam has overtaken Roman Catholicism as the biggest single religious denomination in the world, the Vatican said on Sunday. Monsignor Vittorio Formenti, who compiled the Vatican's newly-released 2008 yearbook of statistics, said Muslims made up 19.2 percent of the world's population and Catholics 17.4 percent.
  • Resurrecting Christendom: A Blueprint

    03/26/2008 3:55:33 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 8 replies · 614+ views
    HNN ^ | 3-03-08 | Timothy R. Furnish
    Last September Jim Pinkerton penned a brilliant cover story for the American Conservative entitled “The Once & Future Christendom,”1 wherein he argued that Western civilization could only be saved from the onslaught of global radical Islam by uniting under the umbrella of its shared Christian heritage. He illuminated his thesis with trenchant examples taken from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and in fact named his plan the “Shire strategy,” after the homeland of the hobbit heroes of the trilogy.2 This essay constitutes a sequel, fine-tuning of Pinkerton’s ideas and a further laying of the groundwork for re-establishing a political...
  • Catholic tradition fading in US (Evangelical Protestants now outnumber Catholics)

    02/26/2008 10:44:25 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 110 replies · 323+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 26, 2008 | Julia Duin
    Evangelical Christianity has become the largest religious tradition in this country, supplanting Roman Catholicism, which is slowly bleeding members, according to a survey released yesterday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Evangelical Protestants outnumber Catholics by 26.3 percent (59 million) to 24 percent (54 million) of the population, according to the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, a massive 45-question poll conducted last summer of more than 35,000 American adults. "There is no question that the demographic balance has shifted in past few decades toward evangelical churches," said Greg Smith, a research fellow at the Pew Forum. "They are...
  • Fewer People Claim Religious Affiliation -Survey Of 35,000 Finds Religious Landscape Changing

    02/25/2008 11:40:22 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 60 replies · 153+ views
    Fewer People Claim Religious Affiliation Survey Of 35,000 Finds Religious Landscape Changing POSTED: 1:10 pm EST February 25, 2008 UPDATED: 2:29 pm EST February 25, 2008 The U.S. religious marketplace is extremely volatile, with nearly half of American adults leaving the faith tradition of their upbringing to either switch allegiances or abandon religious affiliation altogether, a new survey finds. The study released Monday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life is unusual for it sheer scope, relying on interviews with more than 35,000 adults to document a diverse and dynamic U.S. religious population. While much of the study...
  • How to Choose among Presidential Candidates

    01/25/2008 1:38:33 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies · 61+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | January 25, 2008 | Dr. Jeffrey A. Mirus
    A kind reader suggested that I offer an analysis of all the presidential candidates in order to assist voters in making the right choice. Unfortunately, despite the shrill denunciations of modernist Catholics who insist that my opposition to abortion proves I am a shill for the Republican Party, I am one of the least qualified persons to make such an assessment. Though I do have a personal friend who is running for the Senate, I tend to be woefully uninterested in politics. I get most of my own political information from people I trust who are far more knowledgeable than...
  • Keep the faith or pull the plug? (The Anglican Church in Canada withering away)

    01/12/2008 3:08:51 AM PST · by mkleesma · 18 replies · 344+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | January 12, 2008 | MICHAEL VALPY
    He's been called the diocesan hit man. As a joke, of course. Not a great joke. People with the skills of Simon Bell have become necessary in Canada's major Christian churches. He determines which congregations can survive, and why, and which ones have slid so far into the abyss of decline that they need to be put out of their misery. His title is congregational development consultant with the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, the largest Anglican jurisdiction in Canada. Churches call him in when they realize they're in trouble. He acquired the hit-man sobriquet after his involvement in the protracted...
  • Poll: 1 in 8 Britons Know Christmas Story in Depth

    12/09/2007 8:48:46 AM PST · by squireofgothos · 31 replies · 93+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 12-08-07 | Maria Mackay
    Commenting on the results of the survey, Theos Director Paul Woolley said: "These findings provide us with a good snapshot of our national relationship with Christianity. They show that the Christmas story, in its classic formulation is still very much in our cultural blood stream, as indeed is the Christian story as a whole. "However, when you probe in any depth, you discover that our knowledge and understanding is rather more shaky.” The poll also found that knowledge of the Christmas story varied with age. The youngest people questioned (aged 18-24) knew the least about the story of the birth...
  • ‘Our country has become a Christian nation,’ says Zambia’s First Lady

    12/07/2007 11:10:09 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies · 111+ views
    Journal Chretien ^ | Dan Wooding
    ‘Our country has become a Christian nation,’ says Zambia’s First Lady Her husband, the President, has been publicly baptized at a Lusaka Baptist church By Dan Wooding The First Lady of Zambia has stated that her country has become a “Christian nation.” Mrs. Maureen Mwanawasa (mwah-nah-WAH-sah), made this statement during an interview with me for ANS and also Safe Worlds IPTV at the recent 3rd Annual Global Summit on AIDS and the Church held at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, hosted by Pastor Rick Warren and his wife, Kay. I asked the first lady, a Christian, like her husband,...
  • Corpus Christianum - Private Association of the Faithful

    11/20/2007 1:36:30 PM PST · by CorpusChristianum · 13 replies · 43+ views
    I just wanted to post information that Corpus Christianum has a website - This international private association of the faithful is a Catholic group dedicated to praying daily for the renewal of Christendom.
  • The Once & Future Christendom

    09/14/2007 5:41:24 PM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 11 replies · 479+ views
    American Conservative ^ | September 10, 2007 | James P. Pinkerton
    The Once & Future Christendom From death of the West—to knights of the West The Call of Duty—and Destiny In one of the great epics of Western literature, the hero, confronted by numerous and powerful enemies, temporarily gives in to weakness and self-pity. “I wish,” he sighs, “none of this had happened.” The hero’s wise adviser responds, “So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide.” The old man continues, “There are other forces at work in this world … besides the will of evil.” Some events, he adds, are “meant” to...
  • The Third Islamic Wave

    04/28/2007 7:34:45 PM PDT · by gallaxyglue · 20 replies · 1,644+ views
    World Jewish Digest ^ | April 27, 2007 | Bernard Lewis
    The Third Islamic Wave by Bernard Lewis On March 7, The American Enterprise Institute granted Professor Bernard Lewis the Irving Kristol Award, an honor whose past recipients have included former President Gerald Ford, Henry Kissinger and Justice Antonin Scalia. Professor Lewis was also selected to deliver the Irving Kristol Lecture. Below are excerpts from that lecture. A favorite theme of the historian is periodization—dividing history into periods. Periodization is mostly a convenience of the historian for purposes of writing or teaching. Nevertheless, there are times in the long history of the human adventure when we have a real turning point,...
  • What Is Culture?

    04/10/2007 12:28:54 AM PDT · by B-Chan · 6 replies · 494+ views
    Goretti Publications ^ | 28 November 2006 | Donald P. Goodman III
    Culture is an enormous force shaping man's character and views of the world. It has inspired the loftiest goods and the greatest of evils, from the foundation and maintenance of Christendom for a millenium to the massacres of the American Indians. It inspires what and how we do everything. Yet culture has not been much examined by Catholics, and what examination there has been has focused almost entirely on how religion impacts culture. While this is, of course, a very important pursuit, culture contains many more aspects than those informed by religion. Furthermore, because culture has such an immense impact...
  • New Poll Asks: Are We Living in the Last Days? (Poll on Americans across political-religious lines)

    09/22/2006 6:21:42 PM PDT · by NZerFromHK · 135 replies · 2,382+ views
    Left Behind ^ | 21 September 2006
    Learn what American attitudes toward current events and Bible prophecy are in this exclusive new poll.Are We Living in the Last Days? We asked: "Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: 'Events such as the rebirth of the State of Israel, wars and instability in the Middle East, recent earthquakes, and the tsunami in Asia are evidence that we are living in what the Bible calls the last days.'"* 42% of all Americans agree * 44% disagree * 14% say they don’t know Last Days—Gender* 50 percent of women agree; 37 percent disagree; * 14 percent don’t know...
  • FOCUS ON DEVELOPING WORLD CHRISTIANITY - Winds of change come from the south

    08/18/2006 7:01:04 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies · 267+ views
    Mercator Net ^ | August 17, 2006 | Michael Cook
    Christianity is thriving amongst the burgeoning populations of Africa and Latin America. Will it become the Big Idea of the 21st century? --------------------------------------------- If God isn’t dead, at least Christianity is. That’s the impression you might have after driving past churches in many suburbs on Sunday mornings. It is white heads that you will see straggling through the doors -- to hear sermons from priests and ministers over 60. Sexual scandals have rocked all churches, not just the Catholic Church. This has made it easier for traditional Christian views on public morality to be sidelined by governments. Warnings that Christians...
  • Has "Christendom" Served its Purpose?

    05/23/2006 6:34:22 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 21 replies · 429+ views
    The Waffling Anglican ^ | 5/23/2006 | Mike the Geek
    A lot of people I run into seem to be angsting these days about the imminent failure of what used to be called “Christendom.”  On the one hand, the repaganization of Western Civilization seems to be progressing steadily.  (On CSI: Miami the other day, some character told another that “That’s between you and your own personal god.”  I found that to be a rather telling statement.  It can only be between “you and your own personal god” if your own personal god really exists!  Otherwise it’s the same as saying “it’s between you and your imaginary friend Skippy.”  The concept of “my personal god” lies at...
  • Evangelical growth is worldwide phenomenon

    03/31/2006 1:00:45 AM PST · by Gamecock · 25 replies · 636+ views
    The Presbyterian Layman ^ | December 10, 1998
    Evangelical Christians are the main force behind the growth of Christianity, according to Patrick Johnstone, author of The Church is Larger Than You Think. Johnstone's assessment of the growth in evangelical Christianity was reported in the November-December issue of Good News magazine, a journal that promotes evangelical renewal in the United Methodist Church. The magazine story quoted Johnstone as identifying the following trends: 1. Evangelical Christianity has grown slowly but steadily in the West, while the rest of Western Christianity has shrunk significantly; 2. The real growth of Evangelical Christianity in recent years has been in Latin America, Africa, and...