There have been so many stories taking this poll as their starting point that it was hard to know which to share. But essentially churches that give in to the surrounding culture on the hot-button issues of the day are dying, and those that aren’t are stable-to-growing. Also interesting to note that atheists have one of the lowest retention rates of their children – meaning their children are especially likely to convert to another religion.
Just an interesting story via Sarah Brodsky about a cemetery entirely enclosed by a GM plant.
While the Bible does emphasize care for the poor, they were *not* the subject of Jesus’ comment about “the least of these”.
There is a graph you see around a lot showing (inflation adjusted) spending per student as a function of time since the 1970s, and test scores as a function of time since the 1970s – the former goes way up, and the latter barely budges. Why that little fact rarely enters into discussion about education funding I cannot say. This article does something similar but looks at funding across states and again finds very little correlation between funding and learning.
Everybody knows churches care more about the politics of sexual morality than they do about poverty – unless, that is, you actually look at how they spend their money.
We in the West think that using nuclear weapons in almost any environment would be crazy, and a full-scale war with Russia will probably never happen – at least rhetorically, Russia doesn’t seem to share those sentiments.
Our find this year from the East Lansing Art Festival.