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  • Education system failing Protestants (Belfast)

    12/08/2006 11:21:06 AM PST · by Murtyo · 7 replies · 332+ views
    UTV (Ulster Television) Belfast, Northern Ireland ^ | FRIDAY 08/DEC/2006 17:55:50 | Jamie Delargy, UTV
    A watchdog committee at Westminster has said the Goverment isn`t tackling the underperformance of Protestant pupils urgently enough. The committee has sent the Department of Education an end of term report. It grades the department on what it has done to lift exam results in loyalist areas. The verdict: could do a lot better. GCSE Maths: Appalling performance; literacy and numeracy: progress manifestly unsatisfactory. In fact the latter criticism applies across Northern Ireland. The Public Accounts Committe reports that one in five pupils leaves school here without being able to read and write properly. But though concerned with the broad...
  • The Huguenots, the Jews, and Me

    11/20/2006 5:21:01 PM PST · by Spacewalker · 20 replies · 932+ views
    Azure ^ | Autumn 2006 | ARMAND LAFERRERE
    My great-great-great-grandfather was named Moses. My cousins have names like Sarah, Deborah, Jeremy, Judith, Esther, Raphael, and Samuel.... Yet I do not (as far as I know) have a single drop of Jewish blood in my veins. Neither did I, nor any member of my family, convert to Judaism. But philo-Semitism, which often includes an emotional identification with the Jewish people, is part of the heritage of the community I was raised in: The French Huguenots, or Protestants.... But perhaps the most moving example of Protestant efforts on behalf of French Jewry occurred in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, a small, all-Protestant town...
  • Outrage as Church backs calls for severely disabled babies to be killed at birth

    11/12/2006 5:21:18 PM PST · by xzins · 149 replies · 3,175+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12 Nov 06 | Neil Sears
    The Church of England has broken with tradition dogma by calling for doctors to be allowed to let sick newborn babies die. Christians have long argued that life should preserved at all costs - but a bishop representing the national church has now sparked controversy by arguing that there are occasions when it is compassionate to leave a severely disabled child to die. And the Bishop of Southwark, Tom Butler, who is the vice chair of the Church of England's Mission and Public Affairs Council, has also argued that the high financial cost of keeping desperately ill babies alive should...
  • Church of England says right to life for newborns not absolute: report

    11/12/2006 6:06:35 AM PST · by NYer · 93 replies · 1,678+ views
    Yahoo News & AFP ^ | November 11, 2006
    The Church of England believes doctors should be given the right to withhold treatment from some seriously disabled newborn babies in exceptional circumstances, The Observer reported. The view comes in a submission from the church to a British medical ethics committee looking at the implications of keeping severely premature babies alive through technological advances, the weekly newspaper said. The Bishop of Southwark, Tom Butler, was said to have written that "it may in some circumstances be right to choose to withhold or withdraw treatment, knowing it will possibly, probably, or even certainly result in death". Last week, Britain's Royal College...
  • How Will the 'Values Voter' Vote in '06?

    08/22/2006 1:26:03 PM PDT · by aceintx · 28 replies · 747+ views
    Human Events ^ | Posted Aug 18, 2006 | by Ken Connor
    Pity the poor values voter. She's all dressed up, but does she have anywhere to go? In 2004, she was the darling of the election. Now she feels like a wallflower, taken for granted by the Republicans and mocked by the Democrats. "Values voter" is, of course, a euphemism for evangelicals and conservative Catholics. It is more politically correct to use the euphemism than to acknowledge that one's religious faith actually influences their decision in the voting booth. After all, one must take care not to run afoul of the radical notion of separation of church and state promoted by...
  • The Thinkers: He studies the Scots-Irish place in the region's history

    08/07/2006 9:28:33 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies · 239+ views
    Pennsylvania Post-Gazette ^ | August 7, 2006 | Mark Roth
    Some have joked that Presbyterians are "denser" in Pittsburgh than anywhere else. All over Allegheny County, you can find Presbyterian churches within a stone's throw of each other, and despite population losses, Western Pennsylvania continues to have more Presbyterians than any other region of the nation. There's a strong historical reason for that. It is connected to a group of immigrants who were a bedrock of the region's early settlement, but whose role in American history is virtually unknown to many people. They are the Scots-Irish, although it's not a term they originally would have applied to themselves, according to...
  • Salaries of many Protestant leaders kept under wraps

    05/30/2006 3:59:13 PM PDT · by ElkGroveDan · 120 replies · 1,721+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | Monday, May 29 2006 | MARK BARNA
    When it comes to salaries among some church leaders, the policy seems to be "don't ask, don't tell," even though tithes from parishioners pay those salaries. While Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches have no qualms about revealing pastors' salaries, many local Protestant churches do not reveal salaries to nonmembers. Salaries of pastors at Protestant churches tend to be set by overarching religious associations or by a church board or both. The figure is often based on the church's location and parish size. Salaries tend to fall within the lower to upper middle-class range. A general rule among Protestant churches may...
  • Another kind of Catholic: Breakaway groups reject Vatican teachings

    02/25/2006 10:40:21 AM PST · by NYer · 31 replies · 965+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | February 25, 2006 | Alexandra Alter
    Terry Villaire, 69, has a neatly trimmed black goatee, pudgy expressive hands and penetrating dark eyes that are hard to avoid, even from the back pew.During a recent Mass at Holy Angels Parish in Fort Lauderdale, Villaire seemed more like a party host than a presiding bishop as he circulated, distributing kisses on ready lips and cheeks. Just as effortlessly, he slipped into the solemnity of a centuries-old ritual, singing over a wine chalice and wafers.''Our motto is love without judgment, and that's piqued some curiosity,'' said Villaire, a former Roman Catholic priest who's now a bishop in an independent...
  • Where Have All the Protestants Gone?

    02/15/2006 6:22:47 AM PST · by NYer · 2,347 replies · 18,247+ views
    NOR ^ | January 2006 | Thomas Storck
    Has anyone noticed the almost complete disappearance of Protestants from our nation? "What!" I can hear my readers exclaim, "Storck has really gone off his rocker this time. Why, just down the street there's an Assembly of God church and two or three Baptist churches and the Methodists and so on. My cousin just left the Catholic Church to become a Protestant and my niece just married one. Moreover, evangelical Protestants have many media outlets of their own and they have great influence in the Bush Administration. They're everywhere." All this, of course, is true. Except that for some...
  • History of the Reformation-How Christ restored the gospel to his church (Part 1)

    11/29/2005 7:02:26 AM PST · by HarleyD · 103 replies · 1,283+ views
    Arlington Presbyterian Church ^ | October 31, 2004 | Tom Browning
    Reformation Day October 31, 1517 It was a Wednesday. It was a Wednesday, October 31, 1517. It was not really all that much different from the thousands of other Wednesdays that had come before. It was fall, of course, and the air had cooled down and the leaves were putting on a wonderful show of color along the River Elbe on the hillside. It was nice time to be a German. It was a nice time to live in rural Germany. The harvest had been plentiful. That is, it had been as plentiful as the white sand fields surrounding the...
  • Turning Around Mainline Protestanism

    11/24/2005 7:22:28 AM PST · by Zack Nguyen · 43 replies · 1,042+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | July 25, 2003 | Michael Hamilton and Jennifer McKinney
    Elaine Pagels, the famous historian of early Christianity, once told a revealing story about the social world behind the scenes of high-powered biblical scholarship. As a young up-and-coming professor at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, she was invited to a closed-door, after-hours smoker. The men there (Pagels was the only woman) were all prominent Bible scholars. Many of them didn't even believe in God, and those who still called themselves Christian were anything but orthodox. The liquor flowed freely, and as these men got in their cups, they began to sing old gospel songs. To her...
  • A Hymn's Long Journey Home

    11/23/2005 1:42:04 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 40 replies · 1,282+ views
    The Opinion Journal (Wall Street Journal) ^ | 11-22-05 | Melanie Kirkpatrick
    The surprising origins of "We Gather Together," a Thanksgiving standard. Its mention of God makes it verboten in schools today. But not too many years ago this was the season when teachers would lead their students in the great ecumenical Thanksgiving hymn, "We Gather Together to Ask the Lord's Blessing." It's a singable melody, and the stirring lyrics speak directly of the Pilgrims' experience in overcoming religious persecution.
  • 'Megachurches' draw big U.S. crowds

    11/22/2005 7:11:21 AM PST · by nckerr · 282 replies · 4,153+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 11-22-2005 | Joyce Kelly and Michael Conlon
    'Megachurches' draw big U.S. crowds By Joyce Kelly and Michael Conlon CHICAGO (Reuters) - On a recent Sunday at Willow Creek Community Church, a Christian rock band joined by dancing children powered up in the cavernous main hall, their images ablaze on several gigantic screens. Thousands of worshipers from the main floor to the balcony and mezzanine levels were on their feet rocking to a powerful sound system. Outside cars filled a parking lot fit for a shopping mall. Inside some people drifted into small Bible study groups or a bookstore and Internet cafe for lattes, cappuccinos and seats by...
  • Hugh Hefner: Protestant Saint of the Century

    08/17/2005 5:48:10 AM PDT · by dukeman · 6 replies · 554+ views
    The Henry Institute ^ | 8/13/05 | Russell D. Moore
    It is not often that I commend the writings of a liberation theologian. And I'm not about to do so now, at least not in totality. But Native American liberationist Vive Deloria's thirtieth anniversary edition of God Is Red: A Native View of Religion has some important insights about the state of mainline Protestantism. Deloria, in the midst of the typical revisionist proposals for Christian theology, offers the idea that Hugh Hefner should be pronounced "Protestant saint of the century." This is because, he suggests, of the ways in which the mainline bureaucracies have embraced "almost every kind of sexual...
  • "Minister of Annoyance" Attacks Catholic festival in Carey, Ohio.

    08/16/2005 7:25:17 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 39 replies · 825+ views
    Ohio New Network ^ | August 16, 2005 | Unknown
    Fight Breaks Out At Catholic Festival Fights broke out during the annual Feast of the Assumption pilgrimage in Carey Sunday afternoon at the Our Lady of Consolation Shrine. The religious event is supposed to bring thousands of people together to honor the Virgin Mary, which falls on every Aug. 15. The annual event was interuppted after a group, known as the "Minister of Annoyance," told the numerous Catholics in attendance to not believe in God and disown their faith. It sparked a fight between the group and a few teenagers. Carey police were called and arrested three teens and one...
  • Northern Ireland Parades Commission gives Green Light for “Gay Pride” Event

    08/03/2005 5:42:44 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 8 replies · 353+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4 August 2005
    BELFAST, August ( – After a concerted effort by Christian and pro-family groups to put a stop to Belfast’s annual “Gay Pride” event, on Thursday the Northern Ireland Parades Commission gave the homosexual group the go-ahead to hold the event. The Northern Ireland Police Service requested that the Parades Commission – originally set up to decide on whether parades held by warring Catholics and Protestants be allowed to proceed – rule on the matter, after receiving complaints about the lewd nature of the parade from concerned Christian groups. A Christian coalition, Stop the Parade Coalition, originally complained that the event...
  • In Pakistan Muslims and Protestants celebrate Saint Anthony as well

    06/16/2005 3:28:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 499+ views
    Asia News ^ | June 16, 2005
    In Pakistan, Catholics, Protestants and Muslims celebrated Saint Anthony of Padua in Lahore’s Sacred Heart Cathedral on June 14. Some 500 people gathered for the solemn mass and the rejoicing. A solemn mass was also held in the churches of Karachi and Multan.In his homily, Fr Andrew Nasari, vicar general for the diocese of Lahore, spoke about Saint Anthony, calling him the “Saint of the poor”. He also explained why he was venerated by people of different faiths.“Saint Anthony does not only listen to the prayers of Catholics and other Christians but also to those of other religions,” Father...
  • Judaism Expert:Mainline Christians Slowly Realizing Modern Israel's Importance(why not Jewish libs?)

    05/31/2005 8:49:37 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 357+ views
    A Jewish scholar says that over the past half-century, Christian churches have been undergoing a remarkable theological revolution in their attitude towards Judaism and their relationship with the Jewish people. Moshe Auman, who served 35 years in Israel's foreign ministry, devoted the last four years of that time largely to extensive study of Jewish-Christian and Israeli-Christian relations. He feels many of the so-called "mainline" Protestant churches have had trouble coming to grips with the rebirth of the Israeli nation over 50 years ago. By looking closely at the Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Lutheran, and Methodist denominations, Auman says, one finds that these...
  • More Than a Million Evangelical Protestants Stage Gigantic Rally in Sao Paulo

    05/26/2005 8:05:37 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 86 replies · 1,412+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 26, 2005 | Stan Lehman
    SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) - At least 1.5 million evangelical Protestants rallied in the heart of this city's financial district Thursday, demonstrating their growing clout in the world's largest Roman Catholic country. Brazil's 13th "March for Jesus" began Thursday morning as hundreds of thousands of faithful from several evangelical sects walked more than 1 mile from the University of Sao Paulo's School of Medicine to skyscraper-lined Avenida Paulista. The number hymn-singing marchers swelled and by the time they reached Avenida Paulista the crowd had grown to 2 million, according to the Reborn in Christ Church that organized the event. Sao...
  • The Protestant Smackdown

    05/10/2005 12:14:52 PM PDT · by Keyes2000mt · 100 replies · 1,801+ views
    Renew America ^ | 05/10/2005 | Adam Graham
    Orthodox Catholics love to praise the new Pope for putting the "smackdown" on heresy. While most would resist the same tight control on doctrine that Pope Benedict exercises, it's time for Protestants to get serious about rank heresy and fraud perpetuated in the church, as well as the disunity that has sprung up in the body of the Christ. Start With the Basics In taking action against out of control clergy, it's important that it be done in a spirit of love but that resolve be firm and action be decisive. The focus of those concerned with liberal clergy has...
  • Evangelicals' Prayer for Next Pope

    04/18/2005 4:35:41 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 9 replies · 894+ views
    Magic City News ^ | Ap 18 05 | Joseph Grant Swank
    Evangelical Protestants pray that the next pope will be in their biblical corner. First, they pray he will be the defender of babies in the womb. In being that defender, he will forcefully speak out against those who murder infants in females’ bodies. And he will state such forthrightly, in no uncertain terms, just as Pope John Paul II held such convictions. Second, evangelicals pray that the next pope will defend the culture of life by opposing euthanasia. That oft soft-pedaled issue cannot afford to be sidelined by both evangelical Protestants and the Vatican; therefore, it is prayed that the...
  • Potential Successors to Pope John Paul II

    04/03/2005 9:26:09 PM PDT · by iceemonster · 39 replies · 4,242+ views
    NPR Online ^ | April 2, 2005 | Barbara Bradley Hagerty, April 2, 2005 · "Tip O'Neill was correct," says Father Tom Reese, editor in chief of America, the Catholic weekly magazine. "All politics is local... even in the Catholic Church." Reese suggests that instead of focusing on the possible papal candidates as a bookie would look at horses in the starting gate, try to think about the election from the point of view of the electors, the cardinals who cast the votes. "Each cardinal is thinking, how will this candidate go over in my diocese?" Reese says. "If you're from the Third World, you're concerned with people who are...
  • ZOT! U.S.: IRA must disband now

    03/09/2005 6:05:20 AM PST · by Rogers324 · 237 replies · 4,699+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wednesday, March 9, 2005
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (Reuters) -- The United States has demanded that the IRA disband after the guerrilla group's astonishing offer to shoot the killers of a murdered Northern Ireland Catholic man. "It's time for the IRA to go out of business," U.S. special envoy Mitchell Reiss said Wednesday. For the IRA's political ally Sinn Fein, Northern Ireland's biggest Irish nationalist party, the U.S. demand was yet another blow to its democratic credentials. Reiss told BBC radio: "It's time for Sinn Fein to be able to say explicitly, without ambiguity, without ambivalence, that criminality will not be tolerated. "You can't sign...
  • Bible-belt Catholics

    02/09/2005 6:15:55 AM PST · by sinkspur · 74 replies · 2,210+ views
    TIME ^ | 2/7/2005 | Tim Padgett
    Eight years ago, a handful of Roman Catholic families in Huntersville, a suburb of Charlotte, N.C., started a new parish. The home of their church, St. Mark, was a bowling alley. Our Lady of the Lanes, as they jokingly called it, was an apt symbol of the scarcity--and supple ingenuity--of Catholics in a region known as the buckle of the Protestant Bible Belt. Soon St. Mark was gaining a family a day. Now its almost 2,800 families hear Mass in a cavernous gymnasium as they await completion of a new church. Among the newcomers is Ben Liuzzo, 54, a financial-services...
  • Islam, Orthodoxy, and Protestants

    02/07/2005 9:05:30 AM PST · by skellmeyer · 221 replies · 2,347+ views
    Bridegroom Press ^ | Steve Kellmeyer
    Roughly half of America dislike everything George Bush says, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t the President of the United States. This is a point too few people keep in mind. Take, for instance, the example of Stas, a very nice Orthodox man, who read my recent piece on concerning the Muslim reporter who implicitly threatened to kill me and nuke America. He thought the piece excellent except for my statement that the Pope was the head of Christianity: “As for the Pope, 1 billion various protestants and 300 million Orthodox don't follow his words and that's half of Christianity.”...
  • Christians Threatened in Turkmenistan

    02/05/2005 12:11:35 AM PST · by underlying · 3 replies · 299+ views
    International Christian Concern ^ | 01/31/2005 | Forum 18
    Protestants in north-eastern Turkmenistan have been threatened for holding services and preaching Christianity, Forum 18 News Service has learned.  "The head of the village administration, the police, the National Security Ministry (NSM) secret police and Muslim clergy in the person of the mullah started to put pressure on them," local believers who wished not to be named told Forum 18. As well as threatening to deport the Protestants from their village if they continue to hold services, local officials threatened to cut off gas and electricity supplies to the family home and withhold pensions, a serious threat in impoverished Turkmenistan.
  • PRESSURE ON TATARSTAN PROTESTANTS (Muslim Republic of Tatarstan)

    11/29/2004 11:00:28 PM PST · by miltonim · 3 replies · 578+ views
    Assist News ^ | November 20, 2004 | Michael Ireland
    TATARSTAN (ANS) -- The pastor of a small church in the mainly-Muslim republic of Tatarstan reports he was recently visited and threatened by a security official, ASSIST News Service (ANS) has learned. Felix Corley of Forum 18 News Service writes that Rafis Nabiullin, a Tatar pastor of a small Evangelical church in the town of Aznakayevo in the mainly Muslim-populated republic of Tatarstan, the capital of which is Kazan 800 km. (495 miles) east of Moscow, has complained of threats from a local FSB security service officer to halt the church's activity and drive him out of the town. The...
  • Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice member list

    11/23/2004 1:19:13 PM PST · by bushisdamanin04 · 48 replies · 1,340+ views
    RCRC ^ | RCRC
    Here is a list of “religious” members of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. The list is from their website. Some may be surprised to see that their “churches” are officially pro-abort “churches.” The list: Conservative Judaism Rabbinical Assembly United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Women’s League for Conservative Judaism Episcopal Church The Episcopal Church Ethical Culture Movement American Ethical Union National Service Conference of the American Ethical Union Humanist Judaism Society for Humanistic Judaism Presbyterian Church (USA) Presbyterians Affirming Reproductive Options (PARO) Women’s Ministries Washington Office Reconstructionist Movement Jewish Reconstructionist Federation Reform Judaism Central Conference of American Rabbis North American...
  • SAVING THE HEATHEN - Behind The Lines

    11/18/2004 2:13:06 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 1,071+ views
    The deepest and darkest joke I’ve heard in a long time goes like this. Osama bin Laden prays to the spirit of Yasser Arafat who then appears before him. “Yasser, please help me understand something,” requests Osama. “We’re both fellow terrorists. You’ve even killed more infidels than I have. Yet you get the Nobel Peace Prize, your funeral is attended by heads of state from around the world, and European newspapers compare you to Moses – while I am the world’s most hunted and hated man, reduced to hiding in inaccessible mountain caves. How did you do it? What is...
  • Why Did Kerry Lose? (Answer: It Wasn't 'Values.')

    11/08/2004 5:48:35 AM PST · by OESY · 66 replies · 5,135+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 8, 2004 | JAMES Q. WILSON
    ...There is no doubt that John Kerry showed great skill at embracing deeply contradictory positions, but that does not make him unusual; all politicians have mastered the art of self-contradiction. What was remarkable in this election is that one candidate, President Bush, never changed: He said what he meant and meant what he said. If the Democrats could not appeal to the moral values of people, that fact must have been lost on the 48% of the voters who supported Sen. Kerry.... I am just as mystified by Mr. Friedman's lament that "Christian fundamentalists" are ruining his America by fostering...

    10/31/2004 1:06:55 AM PST · by Dr. Eckleburg · 62 replies · 744+ views
    Presbyterian Historical Society ^ | Sunday, October 31, 2004
    The Church celebrates Reformation Sunday on the last Sunday of October, commemorating a significant event in the history of the Reformed tradition. It was on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg... Reformation Sunday
  • Luther's lavatory thrills experts

    10/23/2004 12:38:21 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies · 409+ views
    BBC News ^ | 10/22/04 | BBC News
    Archaeologists in Germany say they may have found a lavatory where Martin Luther launched the Reformation of the Christian church in the 16th Century.The stone room is in a newly-unearthed annex to Luther's house in Wittenberg. Luther is quoted as saying he was "in cloaca", or in the sewer, when he was inspired to argue that salvation is granted because of faith, not deeds. The scholar suffered from constipation and spent many hours in contemplation on the toilet seat. 'Earthy Christianity'The lavatory was built in the period 1516-17, according to Dr Martin Treu, a theologian and Luther expert based in...
  • Secret GOP Weapon: The Scots-Irish Vote

    10/19/2004 5:39:10 AM PDT · by OESY · 80 replies · 2,093+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 19, 2004 | JAMES WEBB
    To an outsider George W. Bush's political demeanor seems little more than stumbling tautology. He utters his campaign message in clipped phrases, filled with bravado and repeated references to God, and to resoluteness of purpose. But to a trained eye and ear these performances have the deliberate balance of a country singer at the Grand Ole Opry. Speaking in a quasi-rural dialect that his critics dismiss as affected, W is telling his core voting groups that he is one of them. No matter that he is the product of many generations of wealth; that his grandfather was a New England...
  • US Study Shows Greater Differences Between 'Traditionalist' and 'Modernist' Co-Religionists ...

    09/13/2004 5:51:23 PM PDT · by Land of the Irish · 15 replies · 481+ views
    LifeSite ^ | September 10, 2004
    September 10, 2004 ( - A study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life says that the relationship between religious affiliation and political views is more complex than at first appears. Evangelical Christians, Mainline Protestants and white Roman Catholics were polled for their opinions on a variety of political issues for Pew's Fourth National Survey of Religion and Politics. In general the results show what pro-life activists have known by experience. What are referred to as 'religious traditionalists,' those who adhere closely to the official teachings of their religions, are more likely to hold similar beliefs between religious...

    09/06/2004 9:30:23 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies · 905+ views ^ | 5-20-03 | Susan Cummings
    PROTESTANTS CLAIM VISIONS, PROPHETIC WORDS RESEMBLING THOSE OF CATHOLICS There are many Christian "denominations" -- by one count 34,000 that have identified themselves as Christian groups -- and often, of course, they're at odds with each other. This is especially true of "fundamentalist" Christians and Catholics. But they share some intriguing aspects. The charismatic branches of both major groups heal in a way that is similar (whereby the person prayed over often falls gently to the floor, known as "resting" or being "slain" in the Spirit); both pray in "tongues"; and many Christians receive alleged prophecy in the way of...
  • U.S.'s #1 Religion Loses Ground

    08/24/2004 7:30:10 PM PDT · by PinnedAndRecessed · 401 replies · 7,730+ views
    cbs ^ | 8-24-04
    It is a sign of the times: Baptists, Presbyterians and Methodists worshipping together in Valley, Neb. As CBS News Correspondent Bob McNamara reports, not enough of them are around any longer to support a church of their own faith. "There's more strength in numbers," says Cindy Matteo, a Methodist. "We can do more as a group. We can reach out to more people." But finding more members could be a long reach. A study by the University of Chicago says the number of Americans who still identify themselves as Protestants is dropping to a historic low. "They're very close to...
  • Roll Over, Martin Luther

    08/10/2004 5:55:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies · 1,049+ views
    Time ^ | August 16, 2004 | DAVID VAN BIEMA
    Benchmark statistical moments are almost always anticlimactic. When the U.S. population shifted from rural to urban areas in 1920, there was no annunciatory thunderclap. And in about 2060, the year by which census figures suggest that non-Hispanic whites will become less than 50% of the population, the switch will have long been old news. Still, such dates have historical cachet, and 2004 soon may too. The University of Chicago's respected National Opinion Research Center (NORC) has reported that the proportion of adult Americans calling themselves Protestants, a steady 63% for decades, fell suddenly to 52% from 1993 to 2002. Not...
  • Protestants soon to be minority in U.S., study finds

    07/21/2004 8:36:27 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 775+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 21, 2004 | Cathleen Falsani
    America's Protestant majority is about to disappear, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Chicago. Since the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock nearly 400 years ago, America has been a largely Protestant nation. But as early as the end of this year, Protestants likely will make up less than 51 percent of the population for the first time in history, sociologists at the university's National Opinion Research Center surmise in a new report released Tuesday. According to survey results from more than 43,000 Americans gathered over the last 30 years, the percentage of Protestants in the...
  • U.S. Protestant population seen losing majority status

    07/21/2004 12:43:48 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 7 replies · 473+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, July 20, 2004 | By Joyce Howard Price
    The United States will lose its historic status as a majority-Protestant nation as early as this year, according to a national survey released yesterday. Between 1993 and 2002, the proportion of Americans who said they were Protestants fell from 63 percent to 52 percent after decades of stability, according to the study released by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.
  • Study finds number of Protestants is falling

    07/21/2004 3:53:13 AM PDT · by BellStar · 25 replies · 10,847+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 21, 2004, 12:18AM | By RICHARD VARA
    For the first time in U.S. history, the number of Protestants soon will slip below 50 percent of the nation's population, according to a new survey. "As early as this year and certainly, if the projections hold, within the next two years, the majority of American adults will not be Protestants for the first time since the founding of colonial Jamestown," said Tom W. Smith, director of the National Opinion Research Center's General Social Survey. "We were always at least a majority Protestant country, and that is about to change." The survey, which was released Tuesday, has studied various aspects...
  • Survey finds Protestants poised to lose their majority in U.S.

    07/20/2004 10:00:45 AM PDT · by Dog Gone · 29 replies · 1,044+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 20, 2004
    The United States will no longer be a majority Protestant nation in years to come, due to a precipitous decline in affiliation with many Protestant churches, a new survey has found. Between 1993 and 2002, the share of Americans who said they were Protestant dropped from 63 percent to 52 percent, after years of remaining generally stable, according to a study released today by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. At the same time, the number of people who said they had no religion rose from 9 percent to nearly 14 percent, and many are former...
  • Isn't it amazing how the liberals took over the denominations

    07/16/2004 7:05:35 AM PDT · by Kerberos · 131 replies · 2,577+ views ^ | November 2, 2002 | Kevin Jones
    Report from Indianapolis Kevin Jones, November 2, 2002 "Isn't it amazing how the liberals took over the denominations?" "Yes but now God¹s people are going to take them back." Overheard in the hall at the Confessing the Faith conference in Indianapolis October 24-26, a gathering of conservative mainline Protestants. When I told someone about my trip to Indianapolis to report on the conservative Episcopalians, United Methodists, Presbyterians and United Church of Christ members gathered for the Confessing the Faith Conference, he asked, "Do they really think they are working for peace and justice?" The answer is, "no, not at all."...
  • U.S. pastor group supports Castro: Say Bush should go, not Cuban dictator

    07/11/2004 12:03:48 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 32 replies · 1,207+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 7/11/04 | WorldNetDaily
    A group of U.S. pastors has arrived in Cuba, some wearing T-shirts reading: "Regime change in U.S., not in Cuba." It's the 15th trip to the island police state for Pastors for Peace, who travel there in violation of U.S. law by going through Mexico. The group brought tons of aid to help Cuba deal with the severe effects of a drought, which has made life even more miserable than it would normally be under Communism. Among the supplies the group brought are school buses, medicines, medical equipment, computers and books. PFP is an arm of the Interreligious Foundation for...
  • Vanity: Are there any Protestants on this site?

    06/27/2004 3:45:38 PM PDT · by STD · 181 replies · 299+ views
    Ping me if you have a similar theologic viewpoint.
  • Church-state separation has gone too far, 78% of Protestant clergy say

    06/24/2004 2:16:25 PM PDT · by Dubya · 3 replies · 112+ views
    BP NEWS ^ | Jun 24, 2004 | By Staff
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—More than three-fourths of Protestant clergy believe the separation of church and state in the United States has gone too far, according to research released by LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Ellison Research, a full-service marketing research firm in Phoenix which conducted the research for the July/August issue of LifeWay’s Facts & Trends magazine, reported that 78 percent of Protestant clergy say "the separation of church and state in the U.S. has gone too far, or in ways it was never intended to go" best reflects their personal position. Ellison described the research as reflecting...
  • Kerry advisers tell hopeful to 'keep cool' on religion

    06/18/2004 9:54:24 AM PDT · by FrontlinesofFreedom · 23 replies · 218+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 18th, 2004 | Julia Duin
    <p>Sen. John Kerry's advisers are telling the presidential candidate to steer clear of talking about religion after running afoul of several Catholic bishops and after the campaign's new director of religious outreach was criticized this week for espousing left-wing causes.</p>
  • Protestants and Roman Catholics

    06/06/2004 4:49:45 PM PDT · by HarleyD · 422 replies · 1,336+ views
    Forerunner ^ | Unknown | Jay Rogers
    The Reformation Paradigm All over the world today it is happening afresh. Evangelical Christians are rediscovering the literary works of the Protestant Reformation and are self-consciously studying Protestant theology as a model for a new Reformation. There is no doubt that this is a work of the Holy Spirit. God is revealing the Reformation paradigm to the hearts and minds of Christians throughout the world. God is emphasizing once again the historic doctrines of the Reformation: the sovereignty of God, the Law of God, the total depravity of man, justification by faith alone, the authority of Scripture alone, and the...
  • Joseph Sobran: "The Faithful and the Faithless"

    05/20/2004 9:50:35 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 5 replies · 164+ views
    Joseph Sobran column ^ | 05-06-04 | Sobran, Joseph
    The Faithful and the Faithless May 6, 2004 If elected in November, John Kerry would be our third Catholic president. John Kennedy was of course the first. Who was the second? Give up? Ronald Reagan. As I understand it, he was baptized a Catholic in infancy, though he was raised as a Protestant. In the eyes of the Catholic Church, if you’re baptized in the Church you remain a Catholic all your life. That’s one of the many things even most Catholics don’t realize anymore. There’s a general impression that the Second Vatican Council suspended the old rules and left...
  • Kerry’s Good Works

    03/29/2004 9:49:53 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 22 replies · 142+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 3/30/2004 | Christopher Orlet
    For the American politician working the stump there is seldom anything risky about quoting the Bible. Doing so has been one of the most effective ways of winning over the mass of American voters. Unless, that is, one happens to be a Roman Catholic who quotes a certain verse from the Epistle of James, which Sen. John Kerry did last Sunday in St. Louis. "The Scriptures say, 'What does it profit my brother if someone says he has faith but does not have works?'" preached Kerry at the North Side Baptist Church, paraphrasing James chapter two, verse fourteen. "When we...
  • A Passion That Offends (by a pundit-political hack who offends)

    03/25/2004 6:02:42 AM PST · by OESY · 50 replies · 229+ views
    <p>WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Five deeply spiritual, religiously knowledgeable men and women bring different perspectives but all agree that the most popular religious movie in years, Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," is too violent, unfaithful to history and incendiary.</p>