Joel Stoker

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How Reliable Are Polls About Religion? Princeton Professor Tries To Find Out

“Fewer and better surveys is a reasonable way to go,” charges Robert Wuthnow of Princeton University.<p>(RNS) The uses — and abuses — of public opinion polling made headlines this week after Fox News claimed it relied on surveys to select 10 of 17 Republican presidential candidates for its prime-time …

Seven common misconceptions about the Hebrew Bible

Everyone talks about the Bible, though few have read it cover to cover. This is not surprising—some sections of the Bible are difficult to understand …

How Kim Davis’s Imprisonment Is A Win for Religious Liberty

How Kim Davis’s Imprisonment Is A Win for Religious Liberty<p>September 3, 2015 by Brandan Robertson<p><b>It finally happened.</b> On the morning of September 3, …

The Identity Crisis of Christ (Lectionary Reflection Mark 8:27-38)

September 8, 2015 by David R. Henson<p>Proper 19 — Year B — Mark 8:27-38<p>Ever since his baptism, Jesus’ world had simultaneously expanded and crumbled.<p>It …

8 Signs You Might Be Part of a Cult

True, a militant atheist might come up to you and say all of organized religion exhibits cult-like behavior. Despite that, and the irony is, the more …

The problem with religious people? They always think they’re right

From being told when we may live or die to who we may marry, I’m getting fed up with everyone’s ‘religious viewpoints’<p>I’m getting a tiny bit browned off with some “religious viewpoints”. We’ve had rather a lot of them lately, telling us when we may live or die, and who we may not marry. The …

What's the difference between a religion and a cult?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today, we speak to theologians and psychologists about …

Indian Village Orders Gang-Rape Of 2 Sisters

Two sisters in India will be gang-raped for a social “sin” committed by their brother unless the country’s Supreme Court intervenes with protection, …

Amnesty International

China's stressed-out 'millenials' embrace Buddhism

<b>Beijing (CNN) —</b> Five years ago, Beijinger Robert Zhao went on a trip to Tibet. What he encountered left him confused but intrigued.<p>A science graduate from China's elite Tsinghua University, he had been taught to mistrust superstition and religion, but in the culture and devotion of the Buddhists he …

Muslim population in Europe to reach 10% by 2050, new forecast shows

Muslims will nearly double their numbers in Europe – to more than 10% – by 2050 and will outnumber Christians worldwide by 2070, according to a new forecast of the growth of religions around the world.<p>The report, by Pew Research Center, also predicts that Muslims will become the second-largest …

Developing Countries

Demand for more mosques in France raises tension

Muslim leaders' demand to double the number of mosques in France within two years causes anger<p>A call by Muslim leaders for the number of mosques in <b>France</b> to be doubled has aggravated community tensions barely three months after the <b>Charlie Hebdo attacks</b>.<p>"We have 2,200 mosques and we need double that …

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect tells London mothers to stop driving

Leaders of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect in north London have said children who are driven to school by their mothers will be turned away at the school gates.<p>Rabbis from the marginal Hasidic sect Belz have told women in Stamford Hill who drive that they go against “the traditional rules of modesty …

Orthodox Judaism

The Christian Denomination That the American People Are ‘Most Skeptical About’

A new LifeWay Research survey has found that, when it comes to denominations, Americans are “most skeptical about” Pentecostal churches, though only 45 percent assume that a house of worship isn’t for them if they see the word “Pentecostal” in its name.<p>Overall, 38 percent of Americans have a …

Ramadan fast imposes difficult choice on diabetic Muslims

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — For years, diabetic Shawkat al-Khalili ignored his doctor's orders not to fast during the holy month of Ramadan when most of the …

The real reason why Pope Francis’ historic climate-change manifesto is so important

<b>(AP/Alessandra Tarantino)</b><p>The Pope is now arguing for the moral imperative of fighting climate change. Congress, meanwhile, does nothing.<p>Edward L. Rubin<p>June 16, 2015 11:58am (UTC)<p>It is interesting, in light of Pope Francis' much-anticipated encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Sii," to look at a …

5 completely insane things Christian fundamentalists are teaching their kids

<b>(Jaroslav74 via Shutterstock)</b><p>This stuff is in <i>schoolbooks</i><p>Jonny Scaramanga<p>June 17, 2015 7:00am (UTC)<p>Accelerated Christian Education is a fundamentalist school curriculum used in a claimed 6,000 schools and 145 countries. Despite the name, education is actually second to its stated primary purpose, …

Sikh College Student Wins Battle with Army over Hair, Turban

MINEOLA, N.Y. — A Sikh college student from New York said Monday he is excited about a federal court decision that will permit him to enroll in the U.S. Army's Reserve Officer Training Corps without shaving his beard, cutting his hair, or removing his turban.<p>U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman …

Religious extremism looms over Myanmar

<b>(CNN) —</b> The impact of Myanmar's repressive policy toward Rohingya Muslims was made clear in recent weeks with scenes of desperate people crammed into boats, an escalation of a miserable maritime flight in which an estimated 90,000 people have fallen prey to smugglers and traffickers since early …

Why Some Feminists Refuse To Give Up On Their Faith

"The traditions themselves are not oppressive. It’s the interpretations that are."<p>(RNS) In the moments before Jennifer Zobair converted to Islam, she had one pressing question for the imam, about a verse in the Quran that seemed to give husbands permission to beat their wives.<p>Is that really what it …

These Are the Least Religious Cities in the U.S.

Matt Eich for TIME<p>Matt Eich for TIME<p>Matt Eich for TIME<p>Matt Eich for TIME<p>Matt Eich for TIME<p>Matt Eich for TIME<p>Matt Eich for TIME<p>Matt Eich for TIME<p>Matt …

Mormon Mom: Church's Refusal To Accept Gay Boy Scout Leaders Is 'Tragedy'

“It’s like we take two steps forward, then three leaps backward."<p>After nine years and countless hours of service, Jordan Montgomery spent last Saturday completing the very last task he needed to become an Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable for Boy Scouts.<p>For his project, the 17-year-old …

Mormonism

When I Questioned the History of Muhammad

British scholar Tom Holland found himself in a firestorm—and under threat—when he raised doubts about the traditional account of the origins of Islam.<p>Ever since 1989, when the novelist Salman Rushdie found himself sentenced to death by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini for the perceived blasphemy of “The …

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

Vatican sceptical about close encounters of the third kind

On a leafy hilltop near the papal summer home of Castel Gandolfo sits the Vatican's Observatory, one of the oldest astronomical research institutions in the world, where planetary scientists mix the study of meteorites and the Big Bang theory with theology.<p>Boasting a prestigious research centre at …

When we give up a faith, we grieve for the community we leave behind

You’ve likely heard the numbers by now. Approximately 23% of Americans are religiously unaffiliated (atheist, agnostic and “nothing in particular”). This demographic is expected to double by 2050.<p>Academia and the media are obsessed with this variegated and poorly understood group and how the …

Dividend investor converts to index investing

<b>Robb Engen</b><p><b>Occupation</b><p>Business development manager<p><b>The portfolio</b><p>Two exchange-traded funds (ETF): Vanguard All World ex-Canada Index ETF and Vanguard Canada Index ETF.<p><b>The investor</b><p>In 2009, Robb Engen dumped his mutual funds and became a do-it-yourself (DIY) investor focused on stocks with growing …

Amish converts choosing their religion and building roots in oldest settlement

The names appearing on mailboxes in this Amish settlement are ones common to other Plain communities: Yoder, Kinsinger, Zook and Schrock.<p>But there’s at least one name that stands out: Cortez.<p>Christina Cortez, 21, has experienced her share of culture shock during her short life.<p>First, there was her …

The Future of Hinduism in America's Changing Religious Landscape

The recent PEW Research Center findings on America's religious landscape revealed that approximately 56 million Americans are religiously unaffiliated and belong to the category of religious "nones". There are more " nones" than Catholics or mainline Protestants and the "nones" are second only to …

Hinduism

Misrepresentations of Hinduism in the Media

Hindus do not have a history of invading other countries. They have not sent missionaries to other countries preaching to them that their own …

Catholics Divided Over Global Warming

On the eve of a forthcoming encyclical by Pope Francis on the environment and climate change, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that U.S. …