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Did the Southern Baptist ‘Conservative Resurgence’ Fail?

source: The Daily Beast, June 1, 2014   America’s largest Protestant denomination cracked down on moderates when the culture wars hit, arguing that liberalism led to decline. Now they’re hemorrhaging members just like everyone else. It’s hard to overstate the importance of soul-winning to Southern Baptists. So they’ve been hit hard by the news that […]

Americans View Gay People More Favorably Than Evangelical Christians: Poll

source:   The new civil rights movement http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/americans-view-gay-people-more-favorably-than-evangelical-christians-poll/news/2014/03/28/84964 A new poll released yesterday finds that Americans now view gay people more favorably than they view Evangelical Christians. The poll, commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign of 1000 likely 2016 voters, found 53 percent of Americans view gay people favorably, while only 42 percent of Americans view […]

Study suggests ‘born-again’ believers have smaller brains

source:  USA today, May 24, 2011  DURHAM, N.C. — For decades, mainline Protestants have been beset by bad news: declining numbers, aging membership, waning cultural influence.A new study from  Duke University Medical Center, however, gives these Protestants one reason for cheer: they seem to have larger brains than born-again Christians, Roman Catholics and the religiously […]

Christianity’s contributions mostly negative, Americans say

source:  Christian Century, October 26, 2010 (RNS) When asked about Christianity's recent contributions to society, Americans cited more negatives than benefits, according to a new survey.

Church Scandal Hurts Pope’s Europe Mission

source:  Wall Street Journal, April 20, 2010 By VANESSA FUHRMANS BERLIN—The sexual-abuse scandal roiling the Roman Catholic Church is threatening one of the pope's core missions, a Christian reawakening in Europe. Pope Benedict XVI has made reversing the decline of Catholic influence in Europe a central goal of his papacy. But as clerical abuse scandals […]

Vatican Relying on India and Africa For New Priests

source: Daily Religious, March 2, 2009 [HPI note: These Vatican statistics are relevant to Hinduism because they show the Catholic Church’s need for conversion and aggressive proselytism in India.] VATICAN CITY, March 2, 2009: The number of Catholic priests rose slightly in 2007, but only because of dramatic growth rates in Africa and Asia, according […]

Quebec’s churches need miracle

source: The Star, Feb 28, 2009 Parishes can't afford to keep them, no one wants to buy them – even at fire-sale prices  

More Americans say they have no religion

source: Yahoo news, March 9, 2009 By RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer Rachel Zoll, Ap Religion Writer Mon Mar 9, 12:14 am ET A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that the Roman Catholic population has been shifting out o of the Northeast to the Southwest, the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people […]

Survey: How Israeli Jews see Christians, Christianity

source: Jerusalem Newswire, Feb 24, 2009 By Stan Goodenough February 24, 2009 A recent survey in Israel revealed that the country's Jews nurture an "ambivalent approach" towards Christians and Christianity.

Follow The Money, Lose The Faith

source: North Country Gazette, 19 June 2008 By Charles C. Haynes First Amendment Center   On June 16, seven Roman Catholic schools in Washington, D.C., were transformed into seven public charter schools by a unanimous vote of the D.C. Public Charter School Board. It’s a conversion of sorts – only in reverse.  

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