The life of evangelical churches and their spiritual leaders has been portrayed in some recent films and series. Can they help us start conversations?
Several universities has launched the study ‘Understanding Unbelief’.“Atheists and agnostics endorse the realities of objective moral values at similar rates to the general populations”.
A Pew Research report shows that Christian affiliation has declined in Western Europe, while substantial shares in Central and Eastern Europe believe in God and have greater religious commitment.
The influence of the Bible on political thought, speech and action is unparalleled, and has provided the foundations for modernity upon which has been built the liberal democracy that we enjoy in the West today.
The number of Britons who identify as Church of England has halved in fifteen years. Only 2% of those aged 18-24 identify with it.
Half of the respondents in the UK had a positive experience of Christians. The survey coincides with the launch of Faitheism, a book by Krish Kandiah.
A call to use the Bible correctly.
Large report shows that only 17% of Americans are white evangelical Protestant. Baptists are the largest denomination, and most of religiously unaffiliated citizens identify as secular.
“It is very important to communicate with those we are going to defend, otherwise, we can hurt them, or put them in jeopardy”, says Hans Gravaas of the Stefanus Alliance International.
The “British Social Attitudes” survey shows that 53% of the British describe themselves as ‘non-religious’. The decline in religious affiliation is hitting the Church of England particularly hard.
The number of Finns who say they believe in the God of Christianity has increased from 27% to 33% in four years. “People are thinking about their relation to the Church”, researcher Kimmo Ketola says.
Why do some people refuse to believe in God?
Gretta Vosper, the spiritual leader of a church in Toronto, declares herself an atheist. The United Church of Canada believes she is “unsuitable to continue serving”.
“Many atheists are beginning to see that their loud, aggressive attitude is not working”, says Mathematics Prof. John Lennox in an interview with Evangelical Focus. “We need to spend time to get to know Scripture at beyond a kind of Sunday school class level”.
The campaign is “about breaking down barriers and challenging misconceptions” during Ramadan (6 June- 6 July), Islamic Relief said. In November, a Church of England video featuring the Lord’s prayer was banned from cinemas.
The British Office of National Statistics research shows that those with no faith report lower levels of happiness, life-satisfaction and self-worth than those who are “religious.”
“Don't let David Cameron turn you into an extremist”, the unusual coalition of campaigners says. They hope to stop plans to introduce Extremism Disruption Orders (EDOs) in the UK.
Secularism has a “reputation problem”, points out USA Today columnist Tom Krattenmaker. Atheist Hemant Mehta agrees with the diagnosis.
Survey says 63% of world's population is “religious.” Thailand comes out as most religious country. European countries like Czech Republic and Spain among top ten "atheist" countries.
Muslim population is projected to increase by 73 percent and make up 30 percent of the world’s population. Christians would make up 31 percent.
The U.S. Supreme Court guaranteed equality for all citizens long ago, but secularists ask constitutions to be changed because atheists are portrayed as “second-class citizens”.
‘A Fortunate Shipwreck’ is a documentary that examines the emptiness of post-Christian society in Quebec after most people left the Catholic Church in the 1950s.
Poll shows that UK citizens think atheists are more likely to be moral individuals than religious people. British lawmakers say urgent action is needed to face the rise of anti-Semitism.
“I am selling this thing I truly believe is fiction,” says developer. McKendrick was raised as a Mormon, but left the faith.
Study shows 17% of the Dutch believe in God, slightly more than 25% describe themselves as atheists and the absolute majority, 60%, waver between belief and unbelief. Number of believers amongst young people is higher than amongst older people.