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Americans Fear Religion is Losing Influence in U.S. Pew Study Finds

Americans Fear Religion is Losing Influence in U.S. Pew Study Finds

Accord­ing to a sur­vey released Sep­tem­ber 22, 2014 by Pew Research Cen­ter, 72% of Amer­i­cans think that reli­gion is los­ing its influ­ence on Amer­i­can soci­ety while only 22% believe that it is increas­ing its influ­ence. Of these, 56% believe that this loss of influ­ence is a “bad thing.” Of the 22% who believe that reli­gion is gain­ing influ­ence, 12% say that it is a “good thing” while 10% say that it is not.

 
 

Fashionable Murder — Advent Review and Sabbath Herald — (1867)

Fashionable Murder — Advent Review and Sabbath Herald — (1867)

By John Todd, D.D. oth­ing but an imper­a­tive sense of duty could induce me to pen what I am about to write. Let­ters from dif­fer­ent sec­tions of the coun­try, and from physi­cians too, are so urgent that I should write on this sub­ject, that I may choose. I have no fear but what I am about to write will be read; but I wish it might be […]

 
 

Catholic Bishops Promise to Investigate Hospital’s Legal Argument That Fetuses Are Not Human

Catholic Bishops Promise to Investigate Hospital’s Legal Argument That Fetuses Are Not Human

n Col­orado, a Catholic hos­pi­tal chain is being sued by John Stodghill who claims that the Catholic hos­pi­tal failed to save the life of his seven-month preg­nant wife’s twin fetuses when she died. The hospital’s lawyers, in turn, argued that fetuses were not peo­ple, and even if they were, they would not have sur­vived the required C-section surgery. Although the hospital’s […]

 
 

Black Friday and Blue Laws: Renewed Calls for Uniform Rest Days

In a world of reli­gious diver­sity cou­pled with a com­mon sys­tem of of com­merce, the insti­tu­tion of a com­mon day of rest and its enforce­ment would nec­es­sar­ily require coer­cive meth­ods to pre­vent indi­vid­u­als from car­ry­ing out inter­per­sonal busi­ness activ­i­ties, and place greater pres­sure on observers of other days of rest to vio­late their con­science by work­ing on their rest days.

 
 

God is Not a Torturer: Debunking the Doctrine of Eternal Torment

God is Not a Torturer: Debunking the Doctrine of Eternal Torment

From the per­spec­tive of Edwards and Spur­geon, the depths of hell are inversely pro­por­tion­ate to the heights of Heaven, as an all-powerful God gives eter­nal life to both the saved and the damned.

 
 

A Faithful Nation (Liberty Magazine)

A Faithful Nation  (Liberty Magazine)

  A Faith­ful Nation By Michael D. Peabody Lib­erty Mag­a­zine EXCERPT: Just because Chris­tians believe some­thing does not mean that the gov­ern­ment needs to make a law to enforce that belief. To put it bluntly, in Amer­ica it is legal to believe things that could com­pro­mise your own eter­nal sal­va­tion. The state will not stand in the way of incor­rect theology. […]

 
 

American Values: The Individual Mandate vs. Social Darwinism

American Values: The Individual Mandate vs. Social Darwinism

Many con­ser­v­a­tives have evis­cer­ated Oba­macare, argu­ing that it would “raise pre­mi­ums, uncon­sti­tu­tion­ally force peo­ple to buy health care, cause the deficit to sky­rocket, slash Medicare spend­ing to cre­ate a new enti­tle­ment, cause rationing, cause a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of doc­tors to leave the prac­tice, and destroy the qual­ity of Amer­i­can health­care. Although I am a life­long Repub­li­can, I must respect­fully dis­agree with my con­ser­v­a­tive brethren on many of these points.

 
 

Burden of Proof: Why Most American Evangelicals Reject Long-Earth Evolution

Burden of Proof: Why Most American Evangelicals Reject Long-Earth Evolution

Within the larger con­text of Amer­i­can Protes­tant Chris­tian­ity the debate con­tin­ues with­out res­o­lu­tion. Among Chris­tians, cre­ation­ists are often asked to con­sider var­i­ous forms of evi­dence of a long-history of the earth, but those advo­cat­ing for a long-earth have largely ignored dis­cus­sion of the genealo­gies of the New Tes­ta­ment and the con­cepts of orig­i­nal sin and sal­va­tion. Chris­t­ian evo­lu­tion­ists have failed to pro­vide a verse-by-verse rebut­tal to the Bib­li­cal Cre­ation nar­ra­tive or to acknowl­edge the extent to which accep­tance of cre­ation would impact theology.

Instead the­is­tic evo­lu­tion­ists oper­ate on the sup­po­si­tion that Cre­ation­ists will even­tu­ally bifur­cate their reli­gious beliefs from sci­en­tific under­stand­ing, because incom­pat­i­bil­i­ties must be resolved in favor of sci­ence. This places faith directly in con­flict with sci­ence and any resul­tant bat­tle on these issues will take cen­turies if true aca­d­e­mic free­dom is to be granted, but can resolve faster if the voices of reli­gious dis­sent are silenced and those who have openly crit­i­cized evo­lu­tion are denied a seat at the aca­d­e­mic table.

The attempt to “purify” acad­e­mia by silenc­ing the voices of crit­ics such as Dr. Car­son would be the first step toward a sec­u­lar Dark Ages. So far, it appears that

 
 

Southern Mexico’s religious liberty forum spotlights local challenges to freedom of belief

Although they gar­ner lit­tle atten­tion from the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity, recent cases of vio­lence directed toward Protes­tants in the region, among them Adven­tists, inten­sify the need to pro­tect the region’s ten­u­ous reli­gious liberty.

 
 

Judge Bork predicts ‘terrible conflict’ will endanger U.S. Catholics’ religious freedom (CNA)

For­mer Supreme Court nom­i­nee Judge Robert Bork has pre­dicted that upcom­ing legal bat­tles will have sig­nif­i­cant ram­i­fi­ca­tions for reli­gious free­dom. He names as issues of major con­cern the con­tin­ued free­dom of Catholic hos­pi­tals to refuse to per­form abor­tions and the likely “ter­ri­ble con­flict” result­ing from the advance­ment of homo­sex­ual rights.

 
 
 
 
 

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