Category Archives: Academia

Pew Research Center: Americans believe strongly in evolution

A new Pew Research Center survey finds that six-in-ten Americans believe humans evolved over time. Meanwhile, a third (33%) reject the idea of evolution, saying that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning … Continue reading

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Lifeway poll reveals top 10 most influential pastors in America today

When I was growing up in the 1980s, the American faith landscape was dominated by televangelists like Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell and Jimmy Swaggart. As the decade wound down, scandals would touch Swaggart, Jim Bakker and others. But the preachers … Continue reading

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Troy University students opt for Christianity over church-state rules

Interesting things going on quietly at Troy University, a small school in southeast Alabama, where students have created a faith-based dorm community where daily Bible studies are common and beer drinking is strictly forbidden. Residents live by rules that include … Continue reading

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New poll shows many Americans believe world now in the ‘End Times’

I know a few people who believe completely that civilization is careening towards its inevitable end. Some point to a lack of decorum. Some point to the rampant permissiveness in society today. Some point to the decline in religious values. … Continue reading

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University of Rochester study: atheists smarter than religious believers

Searching for a topic today and I came across this: a new study concludes that religious adherents are less intelligent than atheists. Nothing controversial there, right?! At first glance, the study seems legit. The details: Professors Miron Zuckerman and Jordan … Continue reading

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Nonprofit founder Eric Buehrer says Christian values can be taught in public schools

Ask an average American about teaching religion in public schools and polls show they will likely give the wrong answer. Our country has become divided over the issue of separation of church and state. That core principle means what it … Continue reading

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San Diego judge may rule today on whether yoga is a religious practice

UPDATE: Yoga does not advance or inhibit religion, said a San Diego Superior Court judge who ruled that the Encinitas Union School District may continue to teach yoga to school children as part of the physical education program. Previously: From … Continue reading

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Cardinal Dolan, new museum, help celebrate faith of Gettysburg soldiers

As we get set to raise the curtain on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, it’s worth noting the religious tie to the battlefield. After all, some 750,000 soldiers died during the Civil War and many of them … Continue reading

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Ellery Schempp to mark 50th anniversary of religious freedom court case with Harrisburg event

Have you heard the name Ellery Schempp? Neither had I until yesterday, but in the lengthy history of our commitment to secularism, Schempp is more than just a footnote. Schempp, 72, is famous for being the primary student involved in … Continue reading

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Keeping Ten Commandments out of public places good for Christians

The battle cry over church and state has been fought relentlessly since the Founding Fathers decided the United States would be a secular nation. The modern concept of a wholly secular government is sometimes credited to the writings of English … Continue reading

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