March 11, 2014 |
What would Jesus shoot? Some churches in Kentucky and in upstate New York are doing what it takes to get people into the pews to hear the word of God - and in their neck of the woods, that means giving away guns. The flier for the raffle at Grace Baptist Church, in Troy, N.Y., shows an AR-15 - an assault rifle altered to make it legal in that state - with a quote from the gospel of St. John, “My peace I give unto you.” It isn't spelled “piece,” but it could have been.
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March 5, 2014 |
Pope Francis is one of the best-known religious figures in the world, but a new Pew Research poll seeking to quantify his popularity raises questions about the so-called Francis effect. The poll found an overwhelming embrace of Francis, who has been trying to steer the Catholic Church toward a greater emphasis on compassion for the poor and marginalized. Sixty percent of non-Catholics and 85% of Catholics surveyed said they viewed the pontiff favorably - numbers approaching those of Pope John Paul II, whose peak popularity ratings among Catholics hovered just above 90%. However, the poll found no change in the number of people who self-identify as Catholic or in the number sitting in church pews on Sundays.
January 9, 2014 |
Just as you suspected: Your boss is probably happier than you. So suggests a new report from the Pew Research Center, which scoured one of its recent surveys to find that bosses were more satisfied with their jobs, finances and family life than were their underlings. For instance, 69% of bosses said they were “very satisfied” with their current job, while only 48% of other workers felt the same way. Those who have reached the top were also less likely to say that parenthood got in the way of advancing their career: Among bosses with kids, only 17% thought it had been an obstacle, compared with 33% of other working parents.
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November 21, 2013 |
A growing minority of Americans believes that doctors should do anything possible to save a life, no matter what, instead of saying there are some situations in which a patient should be allowed to pass away, the Pew Research Center found in a survey of nearly 2,000 adults. In addition, an increasing number of people say that even if they were suffering an incurable disease and were in severe pain, they would not ask their doctors to halt treatment. The surge in such attitudes surprises bioethicists who want physicians and families to carefully weigh aggressive medical treatments for patients near death.
November 17, 2013 |
TACLOBAN, Philippines - In the chaos after Typhoon Haiyan, Malou Cabiao had lost all track of time. It was only when she heard church bells ringing that she realized it was Sunday. For the first time since the monster storm swept through the central Philippines on Nov. 8, the 22-year-old nurse washed and dressed for church. As a priest offered prayers for the storm's victims, Cabiao sat at the back of Santo Niño Church, fighting back tears. "Hold on to your faith, be strong, and Tacloban will rise again," the Rev. Isagani Petilos told his flock.
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September 30, 2013 |
Growing up Jewish, Marilyn McLaughlin loved lighting the braided candle and singing to mark the end of Shabbat. She relished studying the Talmud and weighing its ethical questions. But sitting in synagogue left her cold. "I was stuffed with religion," McLaughlin said. "But I had no deep connection to it. " A new study from the Pew Research Center finds that more than a fifth of Jewish Americans say they have no religion. Yet like McLaughlin, they still identify themselves as Jewish.