Faith and Culture

Survey: Women drop in church attendance

August 18 2011 by Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service

Women, long considered the dominant pew dwellers in the nation’s churches, have shown a dramatic drop in attendance in the last two decades, a new survey shows. Since 1991, the percentage of women attending church during a typical week has decreased by 11 percentage points to 44 percent, the Barna Group reported Aug.

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Link between education and views of heaven

August 18 2011 by Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA Today

The old wisdom: The more educated you are, the less likely you will be religious. But a new study says education doesn’t drive people away from God — it gives them a more liberal attitude about who’s going to heaven. Each year of education ups the odds by 15 percent that people will say there’s “truth in more than one religion,” says University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor Philip Schwadel in an article for the Review of Religious Research.

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Two countries, one faith: Students spread gospel

August 17 2011 by Marie Beaufain, Baptist Press

GEORGE, South Africa — In the fleeting warmth of the early afternoon sun, he sat facing the campsite teeming with youth — 61 of them — from all walks of life. Making their way to the dining hall, they crowded behind the thin glass of the windowpanes, a cloud of different colors and dialects — fitting for a project based in the Republic of South Africa, a self-described “Rainbow Nation.

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Student aims to make her one life count

August 17 2011 by Marie Beaufain, Baptist Press

GEORGE, South Africa — She’s an ordinary girl: brown eyes, brown hair, white sneakers. What makes her stand out isn’t her voice, though her earth-shattering alto is easily distinguished in a room filled with song. It’s not her sense of humor, and the way she introduces herself as Julia Roberts instead of Julia October, her actual last name.

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Filipino hospitality helps students share

August 12 2011 by Shiloh Lane, Baptist Press

SAMAR, Philippines — Evelyn Riviera has a question for the five American university students gathered around her front door. “Is it true that Americans don’t eat rice?” she asks. “They just eat bread?” Her visitors laugh. Sitting on wooden benches under her thatch awning in the Philippines, they make small talk, chatting about American culture and Filipino food.

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Religious restrictions increased for 2 billion

August 10 2011 by Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service

A third of the world — about 2. 2 billion people — live in nations where restrictions on religion have substantially increased, according to a new report. The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life study, released Aug. 9, also shows intolerant countries growing more hostile to religious freedom, and tolerant ones growing more accommodating.

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Pastors divided on when to perform weddings

August 8 2011 by David Roach, Baptist Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — American Protestant pastors have widely varying standards for when they will and will not perform wedding ceremonies, according to a new survey by LifeWay Research.

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Study: Churches viewed positively by public

August 8 2011 by Barna Group

Most Americans believe churches play a positive role in communities, and even atheists and agnostics don’t view churches harshly. A Barna Group study released July 13 revealed a generally upbeat attitude among the public regarding how churches influence their areas.

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Poll: Economy still hits many churches hard

August 5 2011 by David Roach, Baptist Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Although the offerings in most American churches have met or exceeded budget requirements in 2011, the economy is still having a negative impact on many local congregations. That’s the finding of a Read More

Woman’s Right to Know veto is overrided

August 5 2011 by BR staff

The North Carolina Senate and House voted to override Governor Bev Perdue’s veto of a bill requiring a 24-hour waiting period for women considering abortions. The Woman’s Right to Know Act, which now becomes law, was vetoed by Gov. Perdue more than a month ago.

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