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  • Presidential vote by religious affiliation and race

    11/29/2016 6:58:16 AM PST · by rface · 38 replies
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  • Six Cultural Trends that Challenge the Modern Evangelizer

    10/18/2016 8:17:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-17-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Six Cultural Trends that Challenge the Modern Evangelizer Msgr. Charles Pope • October 17, 2016 • It is critical for us who would preach the Gospel to ponder what sorts of presuppositions our listeners bring to the conversation. Today, sadly, there are many trends that have poisoned the culture and thus make our task much more difficult.But difficult does not mean impossible. It helps to describe modern mindsets, not to despair of them, but rather to look at them with some insight rather than being only vaguely aware of them. If we are more clear on the presuppositions that...
  • The Surprising Reason Why More Americans Are Not Going To Church

    08/28/2016 2:41:41 PM PDT · by Salvation · 418 replies
    The Surprising Reason Why More Americans Are Not Going To ChurchThe standard narrative of American religious decline goes something like this: A few hundred years ago, European and American intellectuals began doubting the validity of God as an explanatory mechanism for natural life. As science became a more widely accepted method for investigating and understanding the physical world, religion became a less viable way of thinkingnot just about medicine and mechanics, but also culture and politics and economics and every other sphere of public life. As the United States became more secular, people slowly began drifting away from faith.Of course,...
  • America Headed to the Ash Heap of History?

    07/07/2015 5:18:21 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 11 replies
    CBN News online ^ | July 7, 2015 | Paul Strand
    LANCASTER, Pa. -- America just marked its 239th Independence Day, the birth of what many consider the greatest nation on earth. But after all these years of celebrating, Americans may soon be mourning its downfall. That's the conclusion of researcher George Barna and historian David Barton in their book U-Turn: Restoring America to the Strength of Its Roots. ***** Faith is losing its foothold in the land. "The proportion of unchurched people has risen from 28 percent to 48 percent in six years," Barna shared. "The fastest growing faith group in America is atheists and agnostics."
  • Most Americans now say Jesus actually a sinner [Hebrews 4:15]

    04/02/2015 5:09:10 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 37 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/2/2015 | Staff
    Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Despite more than nine out of 10 Americans agreeing Jesus was a historical figure, what they believe about Him diverges widely, according to a newly released survey from the Barna Research Group, a nonprofit organization that has been analyzing cultural trends related to religious belief since 1984. The survey of more than 4,000 U.S. adults online and by phone suggests Americans are conflicted about the central figure of...
  • 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 dont believe in God or go to church, therefore. 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 one of four sons 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 dont think thats 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 wasnt frantic about that several years ago, and Im still not. When working toward our God and country 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 its 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, run the gamut from a backlash against the entanglement of religion and politics to a global relationship between economic development and secularization. Now, I dont know if that gamut 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 –  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 dont identify with an organized religion 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 Worlds 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 dont 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 and hes wondering where those days went. Were 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, 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 Americans religious beliefs shows the beginnings of a major realignment in Americans 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 Nones 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 generationand 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 [1] Similar statements from Christian leaders arent new, but many still cant 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...