Posts Tagged ‘Church’

The Church – the world’s biggest charity Comments 0

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Stalin famously said of the Church, “The Pope! How many divisions has he?” Less well known is Churchill’s response that Stalin “might have mentioned a number of legions not always visible on parade”. Indeed, the reach and influence of the Church are not easily described by statistics alone, yet the raw statistics are staggering enough. Read more

Going to church — great churches to visit Comments 0

Friday, November 11th, 2016

1. Church of Saint Simeon Stylites in Syria In northern Syria, the ruins of this Byzantine church still display a very beautiful architectural ensemble dating back to the 5th century. The church was built on the spot where St. Simeon had retired atop a pillar to pray. This is the origin of the name “Stylite,” the Read more

Be warm to attract young people to your church. Not cool. Comments 0

Friday, September 9th, 2016

So many churches pour money and energy into flashy worship services meant to make teenagers and young adults think that church is cool. But it turns out cool isn’t what young people want. Forget the rock-band vibe and the flashing lights. Warm is the new cool. For our book “Growing Young,” we researched more than Read more

It’s hard to go to church Comments 0

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

The standard narrative of American religious decline goes something like this: A few hundred years ago, European and American intellectuals began doubting the validity of God as an explanatory mechanism for natural life. As science became a more widely accepted method for investigating and understanding the physical world, religion became a less viable way of Read more

Why church hymns are best sung in bars Comments 0

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

The number of Americans who identify as Christians has declined in recent years, from 78.4 percent in 2007 to 70.6 percent in 2014. That drop-off is most pronounced among young Americans, but it cuts across gender, race, and educational background. The number of self-proclaimed atheists, agnostics, or “nones” has been steadily rising, increasing from 16 Read more

Meet Church Curmudgeon – the grumpiest Comments 0

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Church Curmudgeon may be one of the most cantankerous guys on Twitter, but he’s also one of the most hilarious. His complaints range from sinful dancing to boring homilies to music that’s too loud to shenanigans from the “youths” at church. While the character himself is actually Southern Baptist, it turns out grumpy old men Read more

The cognitive dissonance between my faith and the Catholic church Comments 0

Friday, August 5th, 2016

A Facebook reminder from 2008 popped up in my husband’s newsfeed last week. It was a photo from World Youth Day in Sydney. He sent me the link with a note, “Hard to believe that this was just eight years ago.” Just eight years ago, Australia’s Cardinal George Pell walked the streets of Sydney unencumbered, Read more

Silicon Valley’s Hippest Church Is Going Public Comments 0

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Facebook’s the way to go to entice the young and the hip to church. Use startup buzzwords, a slick website and catchy music. That seems to be the current answer to the question: How do you market religion to the worker who has everything? At Easter, C3 Silicon Valley (C3SV) — an independent offshoot of Read more

Motion for Church free speech blocked in Aussie Senate Comments 0

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

A motion in the Australian senate to protect the Catholic Church’s right to distribute its “Don’t mess with marriage” pamphlet has been blocked. Former Australian cabinet minister Senator Eric Abetz put up the motion in the senate on Thursday. This was on the same day as it was confirmed that Tasmania’s anti-discrimination commissioner is to conduct an Read more

2015 Catholic Church statistics Comments 0

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

The latest edition of the ‘Church’s Book of Statistics’ was released to coincide with World Mission Sunday. The book details members of the Church, church structures, healthcare, welfare and education. World population To 31 December 2013 the world population was 7,093,798,000 with an increase of 70,421,000 compared with the previous year. Population growth was registered Read more