According to recent polls, “46% of Americans believe that God created humans in their present form at one point within the past 10,000 years,” up 2% from 1982. And a new study at U.C. Berkeley suggests that “less religious people perform acts of generosity more from feelings of compassion than do more religious people.”
While Mitt Romney will be the first Mormon to be nominated for President by a major political party, the Southern Baptist Convention (which emerged in 1845 in support of slave-holding) is about to elect its first African American president.
Guess who’s coming to an LGBT dinner? Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council in Washington.
The American Conservative calls on Christians to be more like Pagans. “The Pagans may have had false Gods, but they had real men.”
While some augur that the age of the internet spells the end of religion, The Washington Post sees online connectivity as good for “good religion.” Perhaps so, alongside Justin Bieber, ministers such as Joel Osteen, who daily tweet Bible verses and inspirational passages, are among the most active in the twitter-verse.
According to Christianity Today as well as the CNN Religion Blog, Stephen King‘s tales of horror are also tales “of an explicitly Christian faith.”
“Since 1971,” the American Enterprise Institute tells us, central banks have also had religion, “a religion of constant, never-ending, intentional, worldwide inflation,” ironically known as “price stability.” Whether this kind of implicit religion comes with its own unique “Day of Judgment” is not yet clear.
Speaking of which, if we imagine religion in terms of euphoric brain states, does surfing qualify?
Looking for summer reading? Tom Perrotta’s novel The Leftovers offers a postmodern take on the Rapture. Imagine that thousands instantly vanish, but with no ‘voice from the sky’ explaining why, and some of the Raptured aren’t Christians, and many of the Christians aren’t Raptured.
In Santa Monica, CA, some Hindu American parents have taken a do-it-yourself approach to Hindu Sunday School.
Elsewhere in American Christendom (yes, even in Tennessee), some look to Jesus in their fight against obesity, while others ask whether Jesus “is making you overeat” in the first place? One “incredibly quirky and yet fascinating study… published in the International Journal of Obesity,” for instance, “investigated the size of the food and plates… depicted in paintings of Jesus’ Last Supper over the last 1000 years.” Guess what they found? Like McDonald’s Happy Meals, the portions get bigger over time!