Increasing number are raised non-religious
While the debate rages over why Millennials are leaving Christianity—more than 3 out of 10 younger adults now identify as non-religious—Daniel Cox, research director for the Public Religion Research Institute, contends one factor may be missing from the discussion. More individuals are being raised in secular homes than ever before.
The overall numbers seem small, with those raised in a non-religious home doubling from 4 percent in 1991 to 8 percent in 2012. The generational numbers, however, more clearly reveal the trend. Only 5 percent of Baby Boomers reported an irreligious upbringing, but 13 percent of Millennials said that was their experience.Source: Huffington Post Religion
Presbyterians reject hymn over God’s wrath
The Presbyterian Church U.S.A. wanted to include Keith and Kristyn Getty’s popular modern hymn “In Christ Alone” in their new hymnal, but the selection committee had a problem with the phrase “the wrath of God.” The denomination asked if they could alter the lyric from the original “Till on that cross as Jesus died/the wrath of God was satisfied” to “Till on that cross as Jesus died/the love of God was magnified.”
Keith Getty and Stuart Townend rejected the changes saying it strayed too far from their original work. Subsequently, the committee voted nine to six to exclude the hymn. Committee chair Mary Louise Bringle said those opposed to the song felt that perpetuating the idea that “the cross is primarily about God’s need to assuage God’s anger” was “a disservice” to the church’s mission of teaching the faith to the next generation.Sources: Christianity Today, Christian Century
Eric Metaxas grows into Chuck Colson’s role, remains his own man
Sarah Pulliam Bailey profiled Eric Metaxas, the eclectic best-selling author and voice of BreakPoint, the radio program Chuck Colson made famous. Struggling as a writer for children’s books, radio and television shows, including VeggieTales, Metaxas stumbled into writing biographies. His first detailed the life of William Wilberforce, the English politician who spent his life tirelessly working to end the slave trade.
It was his second biography, however, that catapulted him into the national spotlight. His 600-page biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian executed for his involvement in an assassination plot against Adolf Hitler, sold 600,000 copies and led to an hour-long meeting with George W. Bush and an invitation to speak at the National Prayer Breakfast with Barack Obama.Source: Religion News Service
Nigerian pastor says his daughter was kidnapped, forced to convert to Islam
Raymond Uzoechina, a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Abuja, said Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, a Muslim leader in central Nigeria, abducted his daughter in February. Charity Raymond Uzoechina, 24, is currently being held in Abubakar’s palace.
The emir claims the girl converted to Islam of her own choice and is choosing to remain in the home “under his protection.” The town’s sharia court ruled in his favor and against Uzoechina, who has been prevented from speaking to his daughter. “Even when we went there, he did not allow us to see her—he only confirmed she is at the palace on the orders of the Islamic court,” he said.Source: Religion Today
17-year-old designs brain-powered prosthetic
Easton LaChappelle’s mission began when he met a young girl with a prosthetic arm and discovered it cost her parents $80,000. He thought that was too expensive and decided to do something about it. Never mind the fact that he is a high school senior, the nearest Radio Shack is an hour away, he had to pay for the equipment himself and do his experiments in his bedroom.
Teaching himself through Internet research, LaChappelle built a hand using a 3-D printer that has more functionality than a traditional prosthesis, with the next generation able to sustain 50 pounds of weight on an individual finger. The system uses a wireless brain headset that doesn’t require surgery for the user and will be sold for less than $400.Source: Fast Company