Barna Group has released its 2015 study on the state of atheism in America, and has revealed that one in four unchurched adults in the country now identify as atheists or agnostics. The study also found that rejection of the Bible and lack of trust in the church are two main reasons why people are turning away from faith.
The study was focused on those who have not attended church within the past six months, and found that the majority of such people identify as non-practicing Christians. One in four, or 25 percent, however, were classed as skeptics, which Barna defines as people who "either do not believe God exists (atheists) or are not sure God exists, but are open to the possibility (agnostics)."
Of that number, nearly one-third said that they have never attended a Christian church service in their lives. more >>
"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson gave an impassioned speech at the Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast on Friday equating non-salvation and disbelief with violence.
"Two guys break into an atheist's home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters," Robertson said. "Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him. And then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot 'em and they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him. And then they look at him and say, 'Isn't it great that I don't have to worry about being judged? Isn't it great that there's nothing wrong with this? There's no right or wrong, now is it dude!"
Robertson wanted to drive home the point that disbelief can lead to unspeakable violence because there's no fear of judgment in the afterlife. more >>
Rev. Franklin Graham has warned that the end of time may be near given the leadership of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.
"One of the greatest threats to America is the progressives (a new name for liberals) led by President Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder who are trying to impose a new morality—which is really no morality at all—jamming it down the throats of the American people. America has been blessed by God more than any nation on the face of this earth. When our country was birthed, its foundations and laws were based on biblical laws and principles. We used to be 'one nation under God,' now we're a nation that has turned its back on God. History shows that when nations do this, their end is near," Franklin posted to Facebook on Monday.
This is not the first time Franklin has spoken about government's leadership and a lack of morality. Earlier this month, he predicted that persecution would come to America given Obama's foreign policy. more >>
New data analysis on the 2014 General Social Survey conducted by NORC and the University of Chicago has found that although Americans are abandoning specific religions at record high numbers, the rate of those who said they believe in God has remained steady.
The Associated Press identified it as one of the major findings of the survey, which asked a number of wide-ranging questions of the American public. The data found that back in 1972, only 5 percent of respondents said that they have no religion, but by 2014, 21 percent said the same, which is a record high.
The number is even higher than statistics reported by Gallup, which found that 16 percent of Americans identified as nones in 2014. more >>
Christian activist Kara Tippetts died on Sunday after battling metastatic breast cancer; Tippetts wrote about her experience with the disease and encouraged others to live and fight rather than take their own lives via assisted suicide.
Tippetts battled the disease for quite some time, blogging about her experience and faith throughout the struggle. She married her husband, Jason, and the couple had four children. Tippetts also wrote a book, The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life's Hard. Tippetts was adamant about living her life to the fullest and making the most of every moment with her family and friends while she was able.
"In the daily battle with cancer one can imagine the countless direction discouragement can come from in one simple day," Tippetts wrote in February. "I am blessed with people who remind me of grace, goodness, what is to come. My reminderers — I have many. Carl comes nearly every day and points me to Jesus. He is reading through Psalm 119 with me. Some days the encouragement is easily found while other days leave us looking for the deeper story of redemption in anguish." more >>
"God is not done with America yet," Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said as he announced his candidacy for president at Liberty University on Monday.
Cruz was introduced by Liberty president Jerry Falwell, who said he was proud to have the senator speak at the school. However, he was cautious to note that Liberty University was not endorsing Cruz but merely offering him a platform.
"God bless Liberty University," Cruz said upon arriving onstage. "I am thrilled to join you from the largest Christian university in the world. Today, I want to talk to you about the promise of America," he said before describing his mother's childhood and successes as a woman in America. He then spoke of his father's upbringing in Cuba and eventual escape to America in 1957. more >>