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« on: March 09, 2009, 11:46:20 AM »

Article from USA Today.  Note that Jews and Muslims are undercounted while a lot of Catholics have relocated to warmer and better job-seeking climes.

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« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2009, 12:14:21 PM »

I'm suprised to see the number listing no religion having gone up that much in so short a period of time.
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« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2009, 01:11:14 PM »

The further link to the 2008 Pew Religion results (which we've had linked here before, but not in a nice Flash-driven sortable list) I've included below.  Between the article and the Pew research, it could be a bleak picture, if I weren't such an optimist.

http://usatoday.com/news/graphics/2008_pew_religion/flash.htm
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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2009, 05:03:39 PM »

I'm sure that this was written independently of the study, but here's how an Evangelical sees the current trends:  http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0310/p09s01-coop.html

Really interesting.  To be honest, I don't much care for Evangelicalism and I think that this is a good opportunity for us to show forth, charitably, of course, the fullness of the Truth. 
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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2009, 05:08:33 PM »

Who is that guy on a plus sign?

I think I read it in the USA Today article cited.  The rock music and Twitter sites aren't going to answer the question.   Roll Eyes

The following quote (from the above post's link) may be of good news to those in the forum who are Chairismatics....

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Charismatic-Pentecostal Christianity will become the majority report in evangelicalism. Can this community withstand heresy, relativism, and confusion? To do so, it must make a priority of biblical authority, responsible leadership, and a reemergence of orthodoxy.
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2009, 05:34:39 PM »

This seems actually rather surprising to me, considering the economic problems our country is experiencing.  It seems that usually when there are times of crisis, people's religiosity rises. 
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2009, 07:04:19 PM »

Some of the Christian megagroups in this country haven't done anyone any favors (sometimes being as intolerant as the Moslems are in their own countries).  After speaking with an Orthodox Priest who grew up in Alabama, and hearing his stories about how other Christians and non-Christians were treated by the Baptists there, I have little sympathy.  I find it inevitable in many parts of the Country that people will see open hypocrisy and move away from it (just like many saw the same thing in Jesus' time amongst the ultra-strict, and not very tolerant, Pharisees).
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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2009, 07:29:14 PM »

The Internet now fulfills God's role in many activities.

The Internet helps one find a mate (or mates) - eHarmony
The Internet helps one find a job
The Internet helps one find a place to live.
The Internet helps raise money for causes celebres (Octomom, Homeless man in Houston, etc.)
The Internet fulfills cultural needs (music downloads, blogs, etc.)

With the Internet who needs God?  The Pagans were unsophisticated compared to today's Internet.  Will that be true 2,000 years from now?

Disclaimer, SolEX01 is a devout Orthodox Christian who knows that the Internet is not God.
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2009, 07:35:43 PM »

This seems actually rather surprising to me, considering the economic problems our country is experiencing.  It seems that usually when there are times of crisis, people's religiosity rises. 
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