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  • FactChecker: Are All Christian Denominations in Decline?

    04/18/2017 5:10:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    In a recent interview in which she announced she had joined the Episcopal Church, Rachel Held Evans said, Just about every denomination in the American church— including many evangelical denominations — is seeing a decline in numbers, so if it’s a competition, then we’re all losing, just at different rates. Many Americans, both within and outside the church, share Evans perception of the decline of denominations. But is it true? Are most denominations truly seeing a decline in numbers? Before we answer the question, we should clarify what is meant by “decline.” We could, for instance, say that Protestantism has been...
  • Complaints of syringes and feces rise dramatically in SF

    11/03/2016 4:07:31 AM PDT · by drpix · 21 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 11/02/16 | Lizzie Johnson
    More and more, it seems, San Franciscans need to watch where they step. And theyre not imagining things: Theres been an explosion in complaints about needles and feces on the streets and sidewalks. Reports of improperly discarded syringes have jumped 41 percent since last fiscal year, according to a recent city controllers report. Complaints about feces have increased by 39 percent, with every district seeing a rise in the calls. And, in a trend that must be disturbing to residents who dont live near the Tenderloin or SoMa, long perceived as epicenters of filth, there were big increases in complaints...
  • How To Destroy America From Within

    09/10/2016 5:09:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2016 | John Hawkins
    As Adam Smith, the Godfather of capitalism, once said, there’s a “great deal of ruin in a nation.” That’s doubly true when you’re talking about a nation like America, the world’s last remaining superpower. How do you destroy a country with a powerful economy, a strong military, and a moral and decent people? It has to be a long, slow process that moves subtly on many simultaneous fronts. If you become too bold, too fast, people will catch onto what you’re doing and even many of your biggest supporters will be forced to distance themselves from you….well, at least until...
  • Southern Baptists see 9th year of membership decline

    06/07/2016 8:44:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 7, 2016 6:00 PM EDT | Travis Loller
    The Southern Baptist Convention lost more than 200,000 members in 2015the ninth straight year of decline for the nations largest Protestant denomination. Membership stands at 15.3 million, down from 15.5 million in 2014, according to denomination statistics released on Tuesday. Baptisms also fell by more than 10,000 to just a little more than 295,000. Baptisms are an important measure for the Nashville-based denomination because of its strong commitment to evangelism.
  • Oregon Dept of Ed Transgender guidelines

    05/06/2016 10:47:01 AM PDT · by RyanM · 22 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 5/6/16 | Oregonian
    The mind reels... http://www.ode.state.or.us/groups/supportstaff/hklb/schoolnurses/transgenderstudentguidance.pdf
  • The Victorians Were Probably Smarter Than People Today

    12/14/2015 8:42:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 35 replies
    Science Direct ^ | 2013 | Michael A. Woodley, Jan te Nijenhuis, Raegan Murphy
    Abstract The Victorian era was marked by an explosion of innovation and genius, per capita rates of which appear to have declined subsequently. The presence of dysgenic fertility for IQ amongst Western nations, starting in the 19th century, suggests that these trends might be related to declining IQ. This is because high-IQ people are more productive and more creative. We tested the hypothesis that the Victorians were cleverer than modern populations, using high-quality instruments, namely measures of simple visual reaction time in a meta-analytic study. Simple reaction time measures correlate substantially with measures of general intelligence (g) and are considered...
  • Victor Davis Hanson on California: The picture is bleak

    12/10/2015 7:37:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/10/2015 | Carol Brown
    Victor Davis Hanson, whose family has lived in California for generations, has written a new book. Jarrett Stepman of Breitbart reviewed The Decline and Fall of California: From Decadence to Destruction, where Hanson paints a stark picture of California’s decline from a state that exemplified the American dream to one crushed under the weight of its utopian vision. …Clearly modeled on famous British historian Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Hanson’s book makes it clear that the increasingly dystopian California has been the author of its own decline. A half-century of bad policy and failed ideology...
  • Episcopal Church in Decline? Denomination Loses Nearly 50,000 Members, Closes 69 Parishes

    10/14/2015 11:17:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/14/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    The Episcopal Church continues to experience losses in both church attendance and membership, according to recently released numbers from the denomination's Office of the General Convention. From 2013 to 2014, active baptized members in domestic dioceses went from 1.866 million to 1.817 million, representing a loss of nearly 50,000 members. The statistics reveal that in 2014 that average Sunday attendance was a little over 600,000 in domestic dioceses, down from approximately 623,000 in 2013. 2014's numbers are even more telling when compared with 2009, when the theologically liberal Episcopal Church had about 200,000 more members and over 80,000 more Sunday...
  • The Stock Markets of the 10 Largest Global Economies Are All Crashing (And the media is silent)

    09/28/2015 6:25:25 AM PDT · by xzins · 55 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 28 Sep 15 | MICHAEL SNYDER
    You would think that the simultaneous crashing of all of the largest stock markets around the world would be very big news. But so far, mainstream media in the United States are treating it like it isn't really a big deal.Over the last 60 days, we have witnessed the most significant global stock market decline since fall 2008, and yet most people still seem to think that this is just a temporary "bump in the road" and that the bull market will soon resume. Hopefully they are right.When the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 777 points on Sept. 29, 2008,...
  • The I dont generation: Over 30% of Millennials expected to remain single past age 40

    09/24/2015 1:03:20 PM PDT · by BJ1 · 56 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 09/23/2015 | Kirsten Andersen
    The average age of first marriage in the United States is 27, but that number may soon quickly rise, as young adults choose to delay marriage and many opt not to marry at all. A recent study by the Urban Institute has predicted that if current trends continue, more than 30 percent of so-called Millennials defined by the studys authors as young adults born between 1980 and 1990 will still be unmarried at age 40. Thats the highest percentage of any generation in recent history: Only 9 percent of female Baby Boomers and 18 percent of Gen X...
  • Time magazine: Why America is in decline [not for the reasons you'd expect]

    07/22/2015 7:13:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/22/2015 | Bruce McQuain
    My guess is most of us would agree that America seems to be in decline, but not for the reasons TIME magazine does. Much of the decline is centered in the politics and policies of the governing party.But TIME is pretty sure that, given the study that they cite, the reason is … capitalism. Here’s the “it was great, but” reason: “We looked at very broad measures, and at individual measures, too,” said co-author Hershey H. Friedman, a business professor at Brooklyn College – City University of New York. The most dangerous sign they saw: rising income and wealth...
  • NASCAR cuts ties with Trump over border wall

    07/06/2015 6:02:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 75 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 7/6/2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Donald Trump who rocked national headlines for saying Mexico mostly sends criminals across the border into America has now lost a lucrative deal with NASCAR over comments he made about a recent murder suspect whos also an illegal alien.
  • Germans dont think America stands for freedom anymore

    06/25/2015 10:07:15 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 59 replies
    WashPost ^ | 6-25-2015 | Adam Taylor
    To many, America is synonymous with freedom. The country dubbed itself the "land of the free" and, when trying to reclaim sliced and fried potatoes from the French, briefly attempted to rename "French fries" as "freedom fries." Yet America's global reputation for personal freedom has taken a beating over the last couple of years. Data from Pew Global Research suggests a dramatic fall in the number of people around the world who say the U.S. government respects the freedom of its people. The issue may be most stark in Germany. Back in 2013, a whopping 81 percent of Germans polled...
  • Of Course America Is Giving Up on Christianity We Gave Up on God Ages Ago

    05/18/2015 8:17:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/18/2015 | Susan L.M. Goldberg
    Christians decided going to church was enough, rather than advocating Christian morals and values. Jews decided even God wasn’t necessary.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 12, 2015 If Ben Shapiro’s simply stated point isn’t enough to drive home the idea that the latest Pew survey on religious life in America reported absolutely nothing new, just check out one of the latest episodes of the Kardashians in which Kim Kardashian has to Google who baptized Jesus before concluding that she wanted to “find a guy named John” to baptize her daughter, North West. What’s worse, the “guy named John” concept, the...
  • Is Christianity in America doomed?

    05/16/2015 6:43:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    The Week ^ | 05/16/2015 | Damon Linker
    Last month, New Atheist God-hater Daniel Dennett wrote an op-ed column in The Wall Street Journal that used a Pew poll to argue that the future of religion is bleak. I responded with a column of my own in which I mocked this claim, since the poll Dennett relied on actually made mixed predictions about the future of religion in the United States and painted a fairly rosy picture of its next few decades around the globe. Now Pew has released another major poll focused in much greater depth on the United States, and it's being widely interpreted as providing...
  • Is Christianity's Decline in America Due to 'Fewer Incognito Atheists,' Like Russell Moore Said?

    05/15/2015 8:02:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/15/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    The decline in Americans who identify as Christian shown by a new Pew report is mostly due to those with weak church ties no longer identifying as Christian, Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, recently wrote. Was he correct? The Christian Post contacted Pew Research Center to find out. The report, released Tuesday, found that Americans who identify as Christian fell from 78 percent to 71 percent of the U.S. population between 2007 and 2014. In the same period, the religiously unaffiliated increased six percentage points, from 16 to 22 percent. (Note: the report...
  • Christianity Is Not Dying in America; Reports Pointing to Decline of Church Are Skewing Data

    05/14/2015 7:33:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/14/2015 | Vincent Funaro
    Contrary to recent reports based on studies that emphasize the growth of non-religious people in the United States and the decline of church attendance, Christianity in America is not dying, according to a new survey that examines the nuances and complexities of how people self-identify with faith by Waco,Texas-based Baylor University. Scholars from Baylor University's Institute of Religion said during a recent conference that reports highlighting the departure of millenials from the organized religion of their parents are being greatly exaggerated. "There's a story some people want to report that religion is on life support but it's just...
  • 'Is Christianity Dying?' Rise of the 'Nones', Decline of Christians 'Good News' for the Church

    05/13/2015 7:04:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/13/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, responded to the new Pew Study survey documenting the decline of Christians and rise of religiously unaffiliated, by calling the "increasing strangeness" of Christianity "good news" for the church. "Christianity isn't normal anymore. It never should have been. The increasing strangeness of Christianity might be bad news for America, but it's good news for the church. The major newspapers are telling us today that Christianity is dying, according to this new study, but what is clear from this study is exactly the opposite: while mainline...
  • Christians 'Declining Sharply' in America; Unaffiliated Rising, Now Hold Greater Population Share

    05/12/2015 11:57:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/12/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    An extensive study by the Pew Research Center has revealed that Christians are declining sharply in America in terms of population share, while the religiously unaffiliated are rising, and now make up a larger share than American Catholics. The rise of religious intermarriages was one trend linked to the growth of the unaffiliated. The report, which was released on Tuesday, stated: "The drop in the Christian share of the population has been driven mainly by declines among mainline Protestants and Catholics. Each of those large religious traditions has shrunk by approximately 3 percentage points since 2007. The evangelical Protestant share...
  • Americas Politicized Tax Enforcement Is a Harbinger of Decline

    05/07/2015 4:14:04 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 49 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/7/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Why did Rome and Byzantium fall apart after centuries of success? What causes civilizations to collapse, from a dysfunctional fourth-century-B.C. Athens to contemporary bankrupt Greece? The answer is usually not enemies at the gates, but the pathologies inside them. What ruins societies is well known: too much consumption and not enough production, a debased currency, and endemic corruption. Americans currently deal with all those symptoms. But two more fundamental causes for decline are even more frightening: an unwillingness to pay taxes and the end of the rule of law. Al Sharpton is again prominently in the news, blaming various groups...