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 >>
After America's first ever Islamic tribunal was established in Irving, Texas earlier this year, the town's city council dealt the local Muslims a blow by passing a resolution in support of new state legislation that would forbid the implementation of any "foreign laws," including sharia.
Irving Mayor, Beth Van Duyne, has been thrust into the national spotlight after taking a hard stance against the imposition of sharia by a Sunni mosque that formed the Irving Islamic Tribunal in January in order to provide koranic counseling and mediation for social disputes in the Muslim community.
After the Irving city council passed the resolution last Thursday to support Texas House Bill 562, which would forbid the use of "foreign law" and would also codify the supremacy of U.S. and state law, Muslims in the town were disgusted with the city's resolution, saying that it deliberately targets Muslims and spreads "Islamophobia." more >>
"The Thorn," a theatrical adaption based on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ that includes acrobatics and martial arts, will be performed at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, which was founded by its former pastor, Ted Haggard.
The play is the product of John Bolin, a former youth pastor at New Life Church, who in an interview with the Gazette, described "The Thorn" as "the Bible on stage like you've never seen it."
Derived from a 1990s high school play that's produced with a cast of hundreds, "The Thorn" will be performed at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, starting on Thursday. more >>
A new trailer for the forthcoming film "Hillsong — Let Hope Rise" was released on Wednesday and The Christian Post obtained exclusive footage.
Australian megachurch Hillsong will soon premiere its first-ever film about its church band, Hillsong United, and a new 2:14-minute trailer offers a glimpse into what looks set to be an uplifting story of love, faith, struggle and perseverance. The highly anticipated film chronicles the journey of the Australian worship band, which began in 1998 as a pastime for youth at church and has since grown into a global sensation.
"The only thing that matters about our story is that everything that we do represents the heart of God," said Joel Houston, who leads the Dove Award-winning band. "I believe that God created music for the soul purpose to connect the human heart, our soul with Heaven." more >>
Hillsong United's Jad Gillies said recently that his band's forthcoming film offers a "new perspective" on what it means to be a modern-day believer. He also hopes the film can draw more people to the church.
On March 25, an exclusive new trailer of "Hillsong — Let Hope Rise" is set to be released ahead of the film's premiere and Gillies shared his excitement.
"My hope is that the film gives people new perspective of what it actually looks like to believe in who Jesus is, and what it means to live a life that reflects His acceptance and love," the worship leader said. more >>
Ken Ham, the CEO and president of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum in Kentucky, has said that only preaching the Gospel can help America's "dying culture." Responding to statistics showing a continued decline in religious faith in the U.S., Ham argued that the growing numbers of nones do have a religion — one of "secularity."
"We need to reach out to these nones and this dying culture. Chances are you live beside, work with, or are friends with some of these nones. We need to be bold in sharing the Gospel with them and be prepared with solid, biblical answers to the questions that they have about the Christian faith," Ham wrote on his AiG blog.
The creationists' comments refer to the release of the 2014 General Social Survey earlier in March, which found that since 2012, the U.S. has registered another 7.5 million people who are no longer active in religion. The number of nones has risen steadily since 1972, and today as much as 21 percent of the American population say that they have no religion. more >>