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Mar 24, 2017

Religion Is Declining Where It’s Needed the Most

Poor communities have the greatest need of religion’s benefits, since it creates stronger social ties, offers hope, and keeps younger community members out of trouble. However, the decline in religion throughout America is the greatest in the poor communities who need it the most. Where there is greater affluence and education, religion is more likely to be declining at lower numbers and rates.

Source: Washington Post

 

Social Media Is Replacing Phone Calls

Young adults and teens today are more likely to share social media contact information rather than their phone numbers. In 2015, 62% of teens reported sharing a username from Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, or Skype rather than sharing a phone number. Only 13% relied on phone numbers as the primary form of communication.

Source: NY Post

 

Princeton Seminary Reaches Compromise Over Keller

In a compromise reached in consultation with Rev. Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, Princeton Theological Seminary president Rev. Craig Barnes announced that Keller will deliver the Kuyper lecture on April 6, but he will not receive the Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Witness. Keller had been chosen for the award, but many within the Princeton community opposed Keller because of his teachings about female submission and opposition to same sex marriage.

Source: RNS

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