“One of the reasons the charismatic movement is expanding apart from salvation, we experience healing, miracles. The blind see, the lame get up and walk, and the deaf can hear. That attracts a lot of people,” says on pastor.
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Access to education, higher paying jobs and marital status all make a difference, and vary tremendously across faith groups.
The decision elevates the BBC’s core principle to a place in British law equivalent to Christianity.
A Pew Research Center survey suggests evangelicals prefer the government spend on schools, the military, and police.
“The direction of membership (growth or decline) remains very stable,” writes the Yearbook’s editor, the Rev. Dr. Eileen Lindner, in the newest edition released this week. “That is, churches which have been increasing in membership in recent years continue to grow and likewise, those churches which have been declining in recent years continue to decline.”
Amaney A. Jamal, associate professor of politics at Princeton and a consultant on global Islam, said that the report could challenge assertions by some scholars and far-right political parties about future demographic domination by Muslims.
Christians are less devout than followers of other religions in Britain, according to new research.
Q: What did you learn as you explored Islam?
A: There is a strong sense of community among Muslims in America and a common responsibility to educate non-Muslims on their religion, mainly focusing on breaking the negative stereotypes. Converts are attracted to this sense of unity and are drawn to the supportive framework.
Q: Why Latino Muslims? Why do you think so many are converting?
A: Many describe disillusionment with the practices of Catholicism and the church establishment. These Latinos are lured by Islam’s simplicity and the Muslim’s independence from a mediating clergy in his or her relationship with God. Converts are seeking a different identity. Islam provides a moral code of conduct in everyday life, providing them with a more regimented and disciplined lifestyle.
More Latino women converting to Islam
From Mexico to Mecca
To be young, Hispanic and Muslim
Some Hispanics are ‘reverting’ to Muslim faith
Older generations mourn as young Hispanics turn away from the Catholic Church
Religious social media use is flourishing, as much in smaller, more conservative worship centers as in the megachurches, says Sarah Pulliam Bailey, online editor of Christianity Today.
Concern that social media media will detract from people gathering for worship together is vanishing, she says.
“You have to proceed with caution like anything else,” Baker says. “It’s not Facebook that causes those issues, it’s people.”
A growing number of Protestant congregations have seen their Sunday collections drop this year, according to a survey by LifeWay Research on the economic health of churches. Pastors blame high unemployment and a drop-off in giving by members.
To make ends meet, churches have laid off staff and frozen salaries, put off major capital projects and cut back on programs.
At the same time, more of their congregation members and neighbors are asking for help with basic needs like paying the rent and buying groceries, the study found.