20 April 2012

This 'n' That

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The University of Chicago has released what may be one of the most worthless "reports" ever. Okay, maybe not ever, but close. The Huffington Post reports:
A new report released by NORC at the University of Chicago, “Beliefs About God Across Time And Countries” measures belief in God in 30 countries around the world, and how those beliefs in God have changed over time. The survey asked three questions to determine whether the respondents were atheists, agnostics, deists, waivers, weak believers, strong believers, whether their beliefs about God had changed over time, and whether they believe in a personal God. (Source)
Okay, they asked questions about a generic belief in a generic god. Great. I can see this is going to be enlightening. The article closes by saying,
While belief in God has decreased in most countries, researchers find that the shift is modest. The researchers suggest that it is equally possible that belief in God will continue to decline, or that belief in God will become more widespread as it has in Russia, Latvia and Slovenia. (Source)
So, the conclusion to this report is that belief in "God" will either decline or increase. Uh huh. Got it. Is anyone else curious just how much money it cost to conduct this study?

Now that you have quite possibly grown just a bit dimmer simply from reading that story, here's your week in review (kind of):
  • Ken Silva beats me to the punch and asks, what's up with Liberty University? In 2010, they asked Mormon Glenn Beck to speak at commencement, and this year they will welcome Mormon Mitt Romney.
  • Matt Chandler has a tour bus for his new book, The Explicit Gospel. I'll refrain from making a snarky comment.
  • Here is a play-by-play look at Steven Furtick's sermon from the Presence Conference on 13 April 2012. In fact, C3 Church Watch has been offering many videos from Presence 2012, as well as helpful commentary. I suggest you visit this site for more information.
  • Fulfilled prophecy demonstrates the divine inspiration of Scripture.

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