Most churches have pretty stern rules about the use of electronic devices during church services. Texting draws frowns from worshipers seated nearby, and a ringing cell phone can be grounds for excommunication. But a new poll by Retrevo demonstrates how much electronic messaging has become interwoven into the fabric of our lives. A case in point: 17% of those polled don’t mind interrupting sex to read or respond to a text message. Continue reading
Generations, like people, have personalities, and Millennials — the American teens and twenty-somethings who are making the passage into adulthood at the start of a new millennium — have begun to forge theirs: confident, self-expressive, liberal, upbeat and open to change, according to a new report released by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. And the Millennials have very definite view about matters of faith. Continue reading
In a recent study by Scott Schieman, a sociology professor at the University of Toronto, 82% of the participants said they depended on God for guidance in making decisions.
71% of the respondents said they believed that when good or bad things happen to them, it was part of God’s plan. 61% of those who participated in the research said they firmly believe that God had determined the direction of their life.
The American Religious Identification Survey conducted by Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut has revealed that the number of Christian believers is on the decline in the United States.
According to the report, “The percentage of Christians in America, which declined in the 1990s from 86.2 percent to 76.7 percent, has now edged down to 76 percent.” Continue reading