According to a NEWSWEEK poll, 60% of American adults say religion is very important in their lives and 78% say prayer is an important part of their daily lives. However, just 48% believe religion can answer all or part of today's problems, the lowest percentage the magazine has recorded since it began polling Americans on that issue in 1957. In that year, 82% believed religion could answer the problems of the time. 68% think religion is losing influence on American life, up from 62% in 2007 and 46% in 2005. 81% say this is a "bad thing."
- Source: Newsweek, 04/07/09.
Social networks on the Internet such as Twitter can blunt one's morality, scientists from the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California say.
According to the Daily Mail in London's report on the new study, "Rapid-fire news updates and instant social interaction are too fast for the ‘moral compass' of the brain to process. The danger is that heavy Twitter and Facebook users could become ‘indifferent to human suffering' because they never get time to reflect and fully experience emotions about other people's feelings."
Adds the news story, "The impact could be most damaging for youngsters whose brains are still developing."
The study also posits that feelings like admiration and compassion as well as the s...
84% of active Christians participate in one or more church activities other than weekly worship. These activities include children's ministry, 20%, choir or worship team, 24%, church governance, 21%, and serving as an usher or greeter, 27%.
Of active Christians who participate in church activities, 61% attend a weekly Bible study, 41% attend Sunday School, 30% attend a small or home group, and 36% attend midweek worship. (Multiple answers were allowed.)
- Source: The National Study of Christian Attitudes and Behavior, Christianity Today, 04/09.
Newsweek magazine, which recently ran a cover story touting "The End of Christianity, has seen its circulation drop 52% since 2007!!!
"Why are the captains of a magazine that's lost half its circulation telling the rest of us where the mainstream lies?" L. Brent Bozell III asked in the Wall Street Journal.
Bozell noted that Newsweek's editors, led by Muslim editor Fareed Zakaria, recently called for Americans to "live with" radical Islam (you know, the ones who blew up the World Trade Center Towers, killing people's sons and daughters, including little babies) by giving up on "sweeping declarations" like the War On Terror.
Sadly, our clueless leader, President Barack Obama, and his clueless henchmen in the State Dept. and the Dept. of Ho...
A new survey by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life has found that most people who leave their faith do so by age 24.
Many who do leave their faith did so because they stopped believing in the teachings of their childhood faith or cite disillusionment with religious people and institutions.
- Source: Christian Newswire, 04/27/09.
"Two years from now, Britain will have the highest tax rate on earned income of any developed country. . . . This new top rate of tax could be the final nail in the coffin. . . . I beg readers not to confuse overpaid bankers with the rest of Britain's entrepreneurs. The next few years are going to be horrendous in the UK. The last thing we need is a pirate-style raid on the few wealth creators who still dare to navigate Britain's gale-force waters."
- Andrew Lloyd Webber, creator of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, CATS, EVITA, and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, The Daily Mail, 04/26/.
By Dr. Ted Baehr and Dr. Tom Snyder
"Angels & Demons," Ron Howard's new movie based on author Dan Brown's series of novels featuring a fictional anti-religious zealot posing as a pseudo-intellectual professor, is another Christophobic, slanderous liberal attack on faith and reason.
Though the movie tones down the hero's knee-jerk atheist attitude against the historical Christian faith of Protestants and Catholics, it still manages to attack those of us who have strong faith in God, Jesus Christ and the biblical accounts of God's interaction with His creation. In other words, the movie still reflects Dan Brown's false anti-Christian, secular humanist worldview.
For example, although (unlike the book) the movie's dialogue has some posi...
By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
This time it's personal!
That was actor Hugh Jackman's attitude toward his new action movie, X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, where he stars as Logan, aka Wolverine, the most popular member of the X-Men team of mutant superheroes, and serves as a producer.
"This movie has a different dimension as a producer," he said in a press conference attended by MOVIEGUIDE®. "In that way, I feel it's more personal. It's more my baby."
To prove his point, Jackman noted that it was he who asked Gavin Hood, the South African born director of the acclaimed movie TSOTSI, to direct WOLVERINE. Also, he said he found himself the other day asking everyone what they thought about the movie and was more "nervous" than usual about their a...
Director Gavin Hood of X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, the first summer season blockbuster, said the FBI is closing in on who pirated an unfinished copy of the movie and posted it on the Internet.
They know the location of the pirating, Hood said at a press conference attended by MOVIEGUIDE®, but they don't know the who.
"It was really quite stressful, to put it bluntly," Hood told journalists about the theft before a recent press screening of the movie. "It was devastating for me when it happened."
To combat the effects of the theft, Hood said they are putting different scenes from the future DVD release of the movie at the end of the credits into different prints at different theaters.
"I'm thrilled that it's finally out there in the for...
The U.S. Supreme Court announced April 28 that it voted 5-4 to support the FCC's new rules banning unplanned "fleeting expletives" on network television, such as the use of the "f" word by U2 singer Bono on the 2003 Golden Globes show.
More and more viewers have complained in recent years about such unplanned obscenity and pornography, including Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" at the Super Bowl.
The FCC under President George W. Bush took a strict attitude toward such violations of the laws governing the public airwaves, but that policy may change with President Barack Obama's liberal nomination of Julius Genachowski as the new FCC chairman.
Be that as it may, the liberal members of the Supreme Court obviously don't mind the prove...