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  • Americans and religion increasingly parting ways, new survey shows

    03/15/2013 10:01:46 PM PDT · by TBP · 29 replies
    UC Berkeley ^ | March 12, 2013 | Yasmin Anwar
    Religious affiliation in the United States is at its lowest point since it began to be tracked in the 1930s, according to analysis of newly released survey data by researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Duke University. Last year, one in five Americans claimed they had no religious preference, more than double the number reported in 1990. Fewer Americans affiliated with an organized religion, survey shows UC Berkeley sociologists Mike Hout and Claude Fischer , along with Mark Chaves of Duke University, analyzed data on religious attitudes as part of the General Social Survey, a highly cited biannual...
  • Why atheist scientists bring their children to church

    12/20/2012 8:30:07 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Patheos ^ | 12/13/2012 | Nicholas C. DiDonato
    The formula seems simple: parents pass down what they believe to their children. Atheist parents donít believe in God or go to church, thereforeÖ. Yet, a surprisingly large number of atheist scientists from elite universities raise their children in a religious community such as a church. Sociologists Elaine Ecklund (Rice University) and Kristen Lee (University of Buffalo, SUNY) found that these atheist scientists do so because they want to give their children religious choice, have a religious spouse, or think that religious communities will give their children moral bearings and community. Unfortunately, very little research has been done concerning how...
  • Brian McLaren's Son Marries Same-Sex Partner

    10/23/2012 7:00:05 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 38 replies
    Christian Post ^ | September 25, 2012 | Audrey Barrick
    The son of author and speaker Brian McLaren, who is often identified as part of the controversial emergent church, married his same-sex partner this past weekend. Trevor Douglas McLaren, 28, wed Owen Patrick Ryan on Saturday in Washington, according to The New York Times. The marriage ceremony was officiated by a Universal Life minister, and his father, Brian McLaren, led a commitment ceremony with "traditional Christian elements" afterward. The elder McLaren recently recalled to NPR the time his son Ė one of four sons Ė came out to him. It had just been a couple of years when McLaren shifted...
  • Farewell to the American Protestant Majority

    10/15/2012 4:41:39 PM PDT · by rhema · 19 replies
    Moore to the Point ^ | 10/9/12 | Russell Moore
    According to a new study by the Pew Forum, Protestants are, for the first time in history, not a majority in the United States of America. I donít think thatís anything for evangelical Protestants, or anyone else, to panic about. Several years ago, I pointed out here that studies were showing a declining Protestant majority, and projections were being made for this very reality. Now, the surveys says we have a 48 percent plurality of Protestants. I wasnít frantic about that several years ago, and Iím still not. When working toward our ďGod and countryĒ badges, my childhood Boy Scout...
  • Study: Young Americans Dumping Religion at Rapid Rate

    10/09/2012 3:25:25 PM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 54 replies
    The New American ^ | 09 October 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    According to a recent study, religion is dying in America. And itís a trend that has grave implications for our politics, culture, and the fate of our civilization. Ben Fearnow of CBS News reports on the story, writing: ...The study also posits some theories for this burgeoning irreligiosity, which, writes Fearnow, ďrun the gamut from a backlash against the entanglement of religion and politics to a global relationship between economic development and secularization.Ē Now, I donít know if that ďgamutĒ includes the obvious, but these two theories miss the mark. Question: Do we wonder why Pakistan is spawning jihadists when...
  • Protestants no longer the majority in US, study says

    10/09/2012 1:52:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 9, 2012
    NEW YORK ‚Äď ¬†For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a new study. One reason: The number of Americans with no religious affiliation is on the rise. The percentage of Protestant adults in the U.S. has reached a low of 48 percent, the first time that Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has reported with certainty that the number has fallen below 50 percent. The drop has long been anticipated and comes at a time when no Protestants are on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Republicans have...
  • One in five Americans have no religious affiliation, survey finds

    10/09/2012 10:17:04 AM PDT · by Joseph Harrolds · 23 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Victoria Cavliere
    The number of unaffiliated is now at its highest point ever and has increased 5% in the past five years,the Pew/PBS poll found. More Americans than ever say they donít identify with an organized religion ó a trend that is growing among all segments of the population, a poll released Tuesday found. One in five American adults, or 19.6% of the population, are now religiously unaffiliated, a Pew Center/PBS survey finds. Atheists and agnostics now make up about 6% of the U.S. population. The number of unaffiliated is now at its highest point ever and has increased 5% in the...
  • There Are Less of Us Than You Think [Pagans discuss the amount(s) of religious influence in the USA]

    09/17/2012 1:46:45 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 15 replies
    Patheos ^ | September 17, 2012 | Jason Pitzl-Waters
    According to Grey Matter Research, Americans think our country is far more religiously diverse than it actually is. In a survey of 747 adults the research and consulting firm found that most underestimated the size of Christianity and over-estimated the size of atheists, Muslims, and other religious minorities. “The typical American adult pegs religious affiliation in the U.S. as follows:  24% Catholic, 20% Protestant, 19% unaffiliated, 9% Jewish, 9% atheist or agnostic, 7% Muslim, 7% Mormon, and 5% from all other religious groups. In reality, according to the 2008 U.S. Religious Landscape Survey from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, Americans...
  • A Lament at the Secular Worldís Rejection of Natural Law

    07/21/2012 1:08:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 19, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the great losses to Western Culture is the increasing refusal to accept that there is a Natural Law to which we may commonly refer. This is especially problematic in pluralistic and secularist societies like the post-Christian West where reference to the sacred text of Scripture is not considered authoritative by many.Hence, it has been the long practice of the Church, even before secularizing trends to base her witness to the truth not only on Scripture but also on Natural Law. The recourse to such a basis for discussion is now largely impossible for us, as most secularists have...
  • Retired pastor knows why people donít like Christians any more

    05/29/2011 4:38:11 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 25, 2011 | Jeff Kunerth
    Retired pastor Kirk Minor remembers a time when working with his church was centered around people, and not rhetoric Ė and heís wondering where those days went. ďWeíre finding more and more that there are a lot of people out there doing a lot of talking and protesting and bellyaching, but fewer people actually walking the walk,Ē said Minor ...
  • Where Have All the Christians Gone?

    10/01/2009 10:47:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 34 replies · 1,313+ views
    FoxNews ^ | October 01st 2009
    Bruce Feiler September 25, 2009 Where Have All the Christians Gone? The number of people who claim no religious affiliation, meanwhile, has doubled since 1990 to fifteen percent, its highest point in history. Christianity is plummeting in America, while the number of non-believers is skyrocketing. A shocking new study of Americansí religious beliefs shows the beginnings of a major realignment in Americansí relationship with God. The American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) reveals that Protestants now represent half of all Americans, down almost 20 percent in the last twenty years. In the coming months, America will become a minority Protestant nation...
  • New study examines 34 million American adults with no religion

    09/22/2009 5:18:24 AM PDT · by iowamark · 35 replies · 1,058+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 09/22/2009 | CNA
    Hartford, Conn. - A new study of the 34 million American adults who do not identify with any particular religious group finds that they now largely mirror the wider population in other aspects. However, the group tends to be young, male, politically independent and of Irish ancestry. The number of ďNonesĒ grew greatly in the 1990s. In 1990 they made up 8.2 percent of the population and grew to 14.2 percent by 2001. In 2008 they made up 15 percent. The Nones were the only group to have increased in every state and region of the country during the past...
  • New study: Americans are losing their religion, choosing to be 'nones' instead of nuns

    09/26/2009 7:15:41 AM PDT · by Utah Binger · 56 replies · 1,393+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | September 22, 2009 | Eitan Gavish
    According to a new study from Trinity College, 15% of Americans don't associate with a religious denomination. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/lifestyle/2009/09/22/2009-09-22_new_study_americans_are_losing_their_religion_choosing_to_be_nones_instead_of_nu.html#ixzz0SDnQoSOr
  • The enemy revealed (why Christianity is losing the younger generationóand what to do about it)

    09/24/2009 8:37:40 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 320 replies · 4,879+ views
    CMI ^ | September 24, 2009 | Calvin Smith
    We are losing our children! Research indicates that 70% of teens who are involved in a church youth group will stop attending church Ö [1] Similar statements from Christian leaders arenít new, but many still canít seem to identify the root cause of the problem. However, most front-line evangelists in the Western world have reached a consensus. The following quote is from a person who shares his faith more times in a month than most Christians ever will in their lives...
  • Joining the Unchurched

    09/21/2009 8:21:45 PM PDT · by lightman · 11 replies · 856+ views
    WordAlone Network ^ | 21 September AD 2009 | Rev. James Arne Nestingen, STS
    Joining the Unchurched James Arne Nestingen In its August assembly in Minneapolis, going by the definition set down in Augustana VII, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America effectively declared that it is no longer a church. Among those unchurched by this decision, a poignant question remains: What in the world do we do now? Consideration of this question requires among other things, some careful examination of definitions. Going back to the sources, some alternatives should emerge. The seventh article of the Augsburg Confession, which has united Lutherans since the l6th century, defines the church as the people of God gathered...
  • Atheist Groups Increase on School Campuses (skeptic groups rising across the country's high schools)

    09/20/2009 7:14:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies · 725+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 9/19/2009 | Nathan Black
    Atheist and religious skeptic student groups are on the rise across the country's high school and college campuses. The Secular Student Alliance added its 160th affiliate campus group last week and reports that demand for their group starting packets are high. "Itís been a challenge to keep up with the demand for services, especially group-starting packets and follow-up," said Lyz Liddell, senior campus organizer, in a statement earlier this month. "Thatís a nice problem to have." The number of SSA campus affiliate groups has increased from 100 in 2008 to 160 this year. In 2007, the alliance counted only 80....
  • Mapping the nation, by religion

    08/11/2009 4:43:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies · 1,311+ views
    Boston.com ^ | August 7, 2009 | Michael Paulson
    For those of us who love maps, Gallup today has put out a nifty set illustrating the differential religious makeup of the American states. The maps are based on new data -- survey research conducted earlier this year -- but there's no big news here: the Northeast is the most Catholic region, the South the most Protestant, Utah the most Mormon and New York the most Jewish. And the Pacific Northwest and northern New England have the biggest percentages of non-religious folks. Here is Gallup's analysis of what it calls a "remarkable pattern of religious dispersion in the U.S.,'' with...
  • Survey: Non-Religious Americans on the Rise in Every State

    08/15/2009 10:27:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies · 1,474+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 2009 | Katherine T. Phan
    The percentage of people who claim no religion has nearly doubled since 1990. Meanwhile, the percentage of Christians is on the decline, according to a new study on American religious life. The 2008 American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS), released on Monday, shows that the percentage of Americans claiming no religion, which jumped from 8.2 percent in 1990 to 14.2 in 2001, has now increased to 15 percent. The findings were based on over 54,000 interviews conducted between February and November of last year. The 2008 survey was a continuation of ARIS surveys in 1990 and 2001, which are part of...
  • How Do Unchurched Americans View Christianity? (majority sees church as a place full of hypocrites)

    07/20/2009 6:24:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies · 1,918+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 7/20/2009 | Audrey Barrick
    In a portrait of the "unchurched" in America, a new study found that most are willing to hear what people have to say about Christianity but a majority also sees the church as a place full of hypocrites. "A full 72 percent of the people interviewed said they think the church Ďis full of hypocrites,í" said LifeWay Research director Ed Stetzer. "At the same time, however, 71 percent of the respondents said they believe Jesus Ďmakes a positive difference in a personís lifeí and 78 percent said they would Ďbe willing to listení to someone who wanted to share what...
  • shopping for faith: churches vie for members as New Hampshireís social atmosphere changes

    04/29/2009 11:06:19 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies · 476+ views
    The Wire ^ | 29 April 2009 | Matt Kanner
    People of all ages milled about the lobby of Newingtonís Regal Cinemas at 9:30 a.m. on a recent Sunday, sipping coffee, munching doughnuts and chatting amiably. Some guests were in their 20s and arrived with friends, while others were whole families with parents and children. Some wore T-shirts that said ďNo Perfect People Allowed.Ē Rock music blasted through the sound system as a couple of hundred guests filed into one of the theaters and took their seats. The atmosphere of anticipation seemed more typical of a rock concert than a church service. And indeed, a six-piece rock band soon took...
  • TWOTD: Seeker-Sensitive Churches

    04/16/2009 3:27:40 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 40 replies · 789+ views
    This refers to the method of conducting a Sunday morning church service where all the events surrounding the service are tailored with the unchurched in mind. The goal of this model is to attempt to make the ďseekerĒ feel comfortable by making the service understandable and enjoyable. In this sense, the church is attempting to build a bridge with the unbeliever with the ultimate goal that they will hear the Gospel and be saved. The preaching model in the seeker churches follows suit. Every sermon is simply another way to present the Gospel. Deeper learning, fellowship, and discipleship are encouraged...
  • America Is Becoming Less Christian, Less Religious (American Religious Identification Survey)

    03/09/2009 8:15:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies · 1,466+ views
    ABC NEWS ^ | March 9,2009 | DAN HARRIS
    America is still a predominantly Christian nation, but it's becoming both less Christian and less religious, according to the results of the new American Religious Identification Survey. According to the poll, which came out today, the percentage of Americans who define themselves as Christian has dropped from 86 percent in 1990 to 76 percent in 2008. In one of the most dramatic shifts, 15 percent of Americans now say they have no religion -- a figure that's almost doubled in 18 years. Americans with no religious preference are now larger than all other major religious groups except Catholics and Baptists....
  • Poll finds fewer Catholics in New England (Sharpest Drop in 18 years)

    03/09/2009 8:11:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies · 906+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | March 9,2009 | Michael Paulson
    Trinity College in Hartford today is releasing the third installment of the American Religious Identification Survey, a study of religious identity in the United States based on interviews conducted last year with 54,461 people. The most dramatic finding is a sharp drop in the percentage of Catholics in New England, which has long been the nation's most Catholic region. I have a story in today's paper; here is an excerpt: pic01416.jpg "In Massachusetts, the decline is particularly striking - in 1990, Catholics made up a majority of the state, with 54 percent of the residents, but in 2008, the Catholic...
  • More Americans say they have no religion

    03/09/2009 6:02:03 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 25 replies · 1,160+ views
    Google ^ | 3/8/2009 | AP
    A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that the Roman Catholic population has been shifting out o of the Northeast to the Southwest, the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all. Fifteen percent of respondents said they had no religion, an increase from 14.2 percent in 2001 and 8.2 percent in 1990, according to the American Religious Identification Survey. Northern New England surpassed the Pacific Northwest as the least religious region, with Vermont reporting the highest share of those claiming no religion, at 34 percent. Still, the study...
  • Christianity Under Fire: Why Fewer People Identify With The Faith

    03/09/2009 9:39:53 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 49 replies · 1,015+ views
    crosswalk.com ^ | March 9, 2009 | Tony Beam
    ďWhen it comes to religion, the USA is now land of the freelancers.Ē That is the opening statement of Cathy Lynn Grossmanís front-page article in the March 9 edition of USA Today concerning the fast changing face of Christianity in America. In the article, Grossman looks at the results of the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS), which is touted to be the most comprehensive look at American religious preferences available considering the fact the U.S. census report excludes questions concerning religious practice. The news for people of faith is not good. Since 1990, the last time the survey was conducted,...
  • Pacific Northwest no longer the least religious part of the country [NE is]

    03/09/2009 10:39:21 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 28 replies · 756+ views
    KVAL ^ | 3/09/2009
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that Northern New England has surpassed the Pacific Northwest as the least religious part of the country. ...
  • More Americans say they have no religion

    03/09/2009 11:41:44 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 69 replies · 1,950+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 9, 2009 | RACHEL ZOLL
    A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that the Roman Catholic population has been shifting out o of the Northeast to the Southwest, the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all. Fifteen percent of respondents said they had no religion, an increase from 14.2 percent in 2001 and 8.2 percent in 1990, according to the American Religious Identification Survey. Northern New England surpassed the Pacific Northwest as the least religious region, with Vermont reporting the highest share of those claiming no religion, at 34 percent. Still, the study...
  • American Religious Identification Survey--Catholics on the Move, Non-religious on the Rise

    03/09/2009 3:52:13 PM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies · 686+ views
    Catholics on the Move, Non-religious on the Rise | No TrackBacks American Religious Identification Survey is Third in Landmark Series Para espaŮol oprima aquŪ HARTFORD, Conn. - The Catholic population of the United States has shifted away from the Northeast and towards the Southwest, while secularity continues to grow in strength in all regions of the country, according to a new study conducted by the Program on Public Values at Trinity College. "The decline of Catholicism in the Northeast is nothing short of stunning," said Barry Kosmin, a principal investigator for the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS). "Thanks to...
  • Non-religious a high HIV risk lot [study of AIDS infection in Kenya]

    03/05/2009 7:24:56 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies · 541+ views
    Daily Nation ^ | March 5 2009 | Arthur Okwemba
    HIV prevalence is higher among non-religious Kenyans compared to faith practitioners, the first ever large study to interrogate the relationship between religion and the disease in the country has found out. The government-sponsored Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey (KAIS) whose final findings will be released in a couple of weeks, indicates that prevalence levels among non-believers stands at 7.7 per cent against the national average of 7.1 per cent. When preliminary findings of the survey were released in 2008, they did not include the new findings. The prevalence levels are even different among various faiths, with the highest being among Protestants...
  • What's in a name? For churches, a lot

    Running a successful church requires cutting-edge marketing and branding as much as it does innovative preaching and ministry. The Fellowship at Celebration Baptist Church has learned that the hard way during the past decade as a similarly named congregation has become synonymous with the word "Celebration." As a result, the East Arlington congregation is changing its name on Thursday to FaithBridge Church. That's something church member Jaime Brasseit said she's had to pray to accept. "I liked 'Celebration,' and I kinda wish we had kept 'Baptist,' " Brasseit, 22, said after a recent Sunday morning service. But Brasseit said she...
  • Bringing our fallen-away relations back to Church during Advent

    12/21/2008 2:58:11 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 639+ views
    CERC ^ | REV. JOHN HORGAN
    Bringing our fallen-away relations back to Church during AdventREV. JOHN HORGANEach Christmas, our churches are thronged with people who come to pray before the Manger, join in the singing of carols, and feel the warmth of the Saviour's love. Some of these men and women are not Catholic; others do not practice the Faith regularly. Some are estranged from the Church, angry at her teachings, hurt by her representatives; a larger number simply live their lives as if the Church had no place in their world, no bearing on their lifestyles, careers, and choices. . . except at Christmas. Many...
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer slaying church attendance among women, study claims [Ecumenical]

    08/25/2008 10:36:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 81 replies · 787+ views
    Telegraph ^ | August 23, 2008 | Martin Beckford
    The report claims more than 50,000 women a year have deserted their congregations over the past two decades because they feel the church is not relevant to their lives. It says that instead young women are becoming attracted to the pagan religion Wicca, where females play a central role, which has grown in popularity after being featured positively in films, TV shows and books. The study comes amid ongoing controversy over the role of women in all Christian denominations. Last month its governing body voted to allow women to become bishops for the first time, having admitted them to the...
  • A good man is hard to find at church

    08/15/2008 11:50:44 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 84 replies · 314+ views
    The Baptist Standard ^ | August 14, 2008 | Lee Ann Marcel
    DALLAS (ABP)óMen are disappearing from the church. According to the Barna Research Group, there are 11 million to 13 million more American women who are born again than there are born-again men. While nine out of 10 senior pastors are men, a majority of regular church attenders are women. Not only are women the majority of born-again American Christians, the Barna Group reports, ďWomen are the backbone of the Christian congregations in America.Ē Perhaps indicative of womenís sense of spirituality, 41 percent of women said they have set specific spiritual goals they hope to accomplish in the coming year or...
  • Study: Who Really Are the 'Unchurched'?

    07/16/2008 7:40:48 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 35 replies · 102+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | Jul. 15 2008 | Audrey Barrick
    With churches largely mapping out their local mission around what they identify to be an "unchurched" population, a research firm set out to paint a clearer picture of who unchurched Americans really are. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a whole industry seeking to help clergy reach the unchurched, with seminars, books, videos, training centers, and consultants,‚ÄĚ Ron Sellers, president of Ellison Research, noted. ‚ÄúHowever, many people don‚Äôt really have a basic notion even of just what it means to be ‚Äėunchurched.‚Äô There‚Äôs often an assumption that people either do attend worship services, or they don‚Äôt." "But what we find in this study is that...
  • Obama Won't Pick New Church for Now

    06/23/2008 1:22:57 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies · 91+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | June 22, 2008
    Sen. Barack Obama is taking a break from church until after the presidential election. Campaign staffers told the New York Post that Obama will visit different houses of worship while he campaigns, ending 20 years of attending regular Sunday services. After the election, he will decide on a more permanent church for himself and his family. Sources told the Post that by doing so, Obama will be able to avoid a scandal similar to the controversy that erupted over his relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose racially charged sermons triggered a firestorm of criticism.
  • Spirituality May Be Hot in America, But 76 Million Adults Never Attend Church

    03/21/2006 7:47:50 AM PST · by dukeman · 64 replies · 863+ views
    (Ventura, CA) - Marketers devote billions of dollars to penetrating the Baby Boomer market Ė the generation of 77 million individuals that populate the nation. There is another market segment equally as large that is of interest to the faith community: the 76 million adults who regularly avoid going to church. A new report based on its annual tracking survey by The Barna Group reveals that one-third of the adult population (34%) has not attended any type of church service or activity, other than a special event such as a funeral or wedding, during the past six months. The Barna...
  • Photo outside church demonstrates compromise with world

    02/18/2006 8:53:52 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 46 replies · 968+ views
    What do you think about this image? How does it strike you? I think this picture illustrates an ongoing trend in churches to compromise with the world and incorporate worldly styles of worship (IE, contemporary praise 'n worship music, electric guitar, drums, a whole performance atmosphere) to draw the world into the church. It seems that more and more churches are attempting to draw the world in instead of energizing and educating the body of believers so that they can go out into the world. Catering to the unbelievers in the church does not help the believers that are...
  • Jesus ranks in with superheroes (British children learn that Superman is like Jesus)

    02/06/2006 7:41:56 AM PST · by dead · 16 replies · 343+ views
    Sunday Times (South Africa) ^ | Monday February 06, 2006 07:12 - (SA)
    LONDON - Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Superman and he's bringing his otherworldy powers to British schools to teach godless children about Christianity. The Daily Telegraph reported that religious education teachers were being encouraged to use the cartoon superhero as a modern-day model for Jesus Christ to give youngsters an insight into morality and religious thinking. "Teenagers visit the cinema and see films on television and DVDs, so it's hardly surprising that their assessments of what is heroic and what is evil, possible or impossible, are partly based on what they watch," said academic Helen...
  • AMIA LEADER ANNOUNCES BOLD APPROACH TO REACH 130 MILLION UNCHURCHED AMERICANS

    01/17/2006 7:36:45 PM PST · by Huber · 5 replies · 749+ views
    VirtueOnLine ^ | 1/16/2006 | David W. Virtue
    Church must have a clear message and deliver on it. 'No reserve, no retreat, no regret' News Analysis By David W. Virtue www.virtueonline.org BIRMINGHAM, AL: (1/15/2006)--The Rt. Rev. Chuck Murphy seems more like a CEO than a bishop. He thinks and talks like senior management of a high level company that has just gone public and is ready to move from a $2 million to a $10 million corporation complete with charts, a VCR-II plan, promoting 'vision', 'risk' and 'reliability'. He speaks with passion about 'growth', 'stewardship' and drops phrases like 'money is muscle', '130 million Americans need Jesus' and...
  • Unchurched have interesting perspective on Christians

    05/28/2005 4:33:58 PM PDT · by Between the Lines · 17 replies · 470+ views
    The Rainer Group ^ | Dr. Thom S. Rainer
    After spending four years with the unchurched, my research team and I have gained valuable perspectives on this group of non-Christian men and women. I recently assimilated our interview material to glean a summary of an interesting issue. The interview quotes we found were related to the unchurched persons' view of Christians. Below are the seven most common responses we received. Held in Good Light The unchurched generally have a favorable view of Christians. Contrary to conventional wisdom and media myths, most unchurched view Christians in a positive light. Kenneth M., an unchurched 28-year-old man from Florida, typifies this perspective:...
  • 15 proven ways to reach the unchurched

    03/08/2005 8:09:07 PM PST · by xzins · 18 replies · 733+ views
    Church Central ^ | Thomas S. Rainer
    Christina, 34, is expecting her second child. Her husband, Tom, is one year older. Unlike many of the 353 formerly unchurched we interviewed, the couple has never faced a major crisis in their lives or marriage. They obviously love each other deeply.Christina and Tom had been Christians for only seven months at the time of our interview. When they moved to a mid-sized city in North Carolina, they decided to visit a Southern Baptist church. I asked them what prompted them to visit a church."I honestly don't know," Christina responded. "I can't even remember Tom and I having much discussion...
  • Number of Unchurched Adults Has Nearly Doubled Since 1991

    06/13/2004 1:28:28 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 138 replies · 477+ views
    Barna Group ^ | 6/13/04 | Barna Group
    Ventura, CA) Since 1991, the adult population in the United States has grown by 15%. During that same period the number of adults who do not attend church has nearly doubled, rising from 39 million to 75 million Ė a 92% increase! These startling statistics come from the most recent tracking study of religious behavior conducted by The Barna Group, a company that follows trends related to faith, culture and leadership in America. The latest study shows that the percentage of adults that is unchurched Ė defined as not having attended a Christian church service, other than for a holiday...
  • Spiritual Viagra

    05/19/2004 1:04:40 AM PDT · by Lexinom · 16 replies · 189+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | 17 May 2004 | Hans Zeiger
    Spiritual Viagra by Hans Zeiger 17 May 2004 The greatest plague of our time is a drastic spiritual impotence that we might say requires a heavy dose of spiritual Viagra. There seems to be a proliferation of television ads for Viagra, Cialis, and the other mass-market impotence drugs. There are nearly three times as many Google hits for "Viagra" as for "George Bush." Then there is the most frequently deleted spam title from my email box, something about potions that one can order online to restore vitality. I suppose with the market as it is, Bob Dole's crusade against...
  • Are the Democrats Anti-Religion

    07/28/2003 5:57:24 PM PDT · by SJackson · 41 replies · 724+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | 7-28-03 | Rod Dreher
    How the media's reporting on the Religious Right keeps it from seeing the story of the Secular Left As a practicing Christian, a political conservative and a professional journalist, I've long been amazed at how ignorant and uncurious my mostly intelligent and urbane colleagues are about conservatives, especially religious conservatives. Many have looked at me--their friend, despite my Catholicism and Republican Party registration--with the same slack-jawed incomprehension as elderly Southerners when they step off the tour bus in London and hear a black man speaking with a crisp British accent (Iíve seen this, and itís a hoot). People like me--religious...