- Time to ditch ‘evangelicals’? A national survey found that 53 percent of college faculty have negative feelings toward evangelicals–more than any other religious group. Of Americans age 16 to 29, just three percent had a favorable view of evangelicals in 2007. Young Americans-raised in the evangelical heyday of the 1980’s and 90’s–identified the group’s top three traits as “anti-homosexual,” “judgmental,” and “hypocritical.”
- Why I Changed My Mind about the Millennium: I distinctly recall the horror (trust me, “horror” is by no means an exaggerated term to describe the reaction I received) in my church when I made it known that I could no longer embrace a pre-tribulation rapture. More than a few were convinced that I was well on my way into theological liberalism! But when in the early 1980s I abandoned premillennialism in all its forms, public reaction was such that you would have sworn I had committed the unpardonable sin.
- Spiritual, but not religious? A dangerous mix: The prevalence of mental disorders among those who ‘do God’ alone is an indictment of churches’ failure to meet their needs.
- There’s More to Life Than Being Happy: Research has shown that having purpose and meaning in life increases overall well-being and life satisfaction, improves mental and physical health, enhances resiliency, enhances self-esteem, and decreases the chances of depression. On top of that, the single-minded pursuit of happiness is ironically leaving people less happy, according to recent research. “It is the very pursuit of happiness,” Frankl knew, “that thwarts happiness.”
- Minister Backs Out of Speech at Inaugural because of a sermon he gave about homosexuality in the 1990s. And, in similar news, Fewer Than 2 in 5 Americans Say Homosexuality Is Sin and Virtual vices show shift in American morality.
- The latest issue of Credo is available online, exploring whether evangelicals should embrace purgatory.
Just for Fun
- There may be something wrong with me, but I find it deeply satisfying to watch chocolate bunnies melt.