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By Monte Sahlin The most recent Freshman Survey in the United States (from 2014) found that three-tenth of one percent of the students reported that their religious preference was Seventh-day Adventist. That is 0.3%. Only two of the listed religious... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at Faith in Context
by Loren Seibold It’s the year of analyzing our own consciousness, and the megahit Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari rules the field. (Recent others in a similar vein: Leonard Mlodinow’s The Upright Thinkers, Edward O. Wilson’s The Meaning of Human... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2015 at Faith in Context
By Loren Seibold The latest conservative denomination to deny women ordination is the Seventh-day Adventist church, a denomination whose single most significant shaping force was its 19th-century prophetess and co-founder, Ellen Gould Harmon White. White's role in the church might... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Faith in Context
by Loren Seibold Those of us who have never struggled with a chemical addiction, but who work with those who do, have long taken it for granted that 12-step programs are the only answer to alcohol addiction. I’ve recommended them,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Faith in Context
by Loren Seibold How a headscarf became news twice in a single week: SCOTUS issued a nearly unanimous ruling on Monday, 4 June 2015, that Abercrombie and Fitch was in violation of the religious rights of Samantha Elauf when they... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Faith in Context
By Monte Sahlin The Pew Research Center released its 2014 Religious Landscape of the United States yesterday and this morning there are news stories about the rapid growth of "nones" (people who tell pollsters their religion is none at all)... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Faith in Context
By Monte Sahlin "Nones" are people who when they are asked in a survey, What is your religious preference? answer with "none." That is their religious preference is no religion. One of major trends underway in America today is the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Faith in Context
by Loren Seibold The cover piece from the March Atlantic about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has received wide recognition, and for good reason: it's the most cogent explanation so far of this brutal Middle-Eastern movement. Most of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at Faith in Context
By Monte Sahlin America has always prided itself in being a society unlike many places in Europe and the southern Hemisphere where there are large differences between the elite and the masses. (In fact, Europe has changed significantly over the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Faith in Context
By Monte Sahlin Nancy Ammerman's new book, Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes is excellent. I recommend that you read it! One interesting question she raises is about the category that is currently getting a lot of attention, the people who say,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Faith in Context
by Loren Seibold It always interests me how little is reported about religion in the press—unless a celebrity says it. That’s what happened when Andrew Lloyd Webber, the composer of Cats, said that he thinks every church in Great Britain... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Faith in Context
By Monte Sahlin For six years in a row the number of births in the United States has declined. In 2013 there were 3.93 million babies born following 3.95 in 2012. Since a high point in 2007 the number of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Faith in Context
by Loren Seibold I call your attention to a piece in the July-August issue of Atlantic magazine, by Jonathan Rauch, about Christians refusing business from people whom they consider to be sinning. He gives the example of Pack Leader Plus,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Faith in Context
by Loren Seibold For a June Pew Research Center study researchers asked what appears at first to be a fairly uncomplicated question: rate on a scale of warmest to coolest your feelings about a named religious group. Jews, Catholics, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Faith in Context
My wife and I watched Frontline's "Secrets of the Vatican" in a stunned silence. There wasn't any single item there that was entirely new to us. Pedophilic priests, corruption in the Vatican Bank, a secretive Curia, the cult-like Legion of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at Faith in Context
The Pew Research Center’s recent study puts numbers to something I think we’ve all knew was happening: an increasing political polarization between left and right in the United States. My family of origin was rather apolitical: there were no impassioned... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Faith in Context
by Loren Seibold The researches of the Third Reich into eugenics ended, perhaps permanently, any serious pursuit of creating a better human race by intentional breeding choices. At one time it was a favorite topic of Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Faith in Context
by Monte Sahlin Many conservative Protestant/evangelical Christians read the Book of Revelation as a tool for predicting the end of life as we know it. Is that the way God intended it to be read and understood, or did He... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at Faith in Context
Today's young adults, the Millennial generation, now 19 to 34 years of age, have significantly less regard for the Bible than do older generations. That is the general conclusion from a survey conducted for the American Bible Society by Barna... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at Faith in Context
By Loren Seibold When the Waco siege happened, I was a Seventh-day Adventist pastor studying in a Presbyterian seminary. I remember my embarrassment at the questions in class the day it happened. I did what the rest of the Seventh-day... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Faith in Context
by Monte Sahlin This in-depth case study of Saddleback Church in southern California and founding pastor Rick Warren was actually published in 2012, but I only recently got around to reading it. It is Sacred Subdivisions by Justin Wilford (New... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at Faith in Context
by Loren Seibold I am still astonished when I recall the instant appeal that the Beatles had to my friends and me. I was in the third grade, and had only heard the song once or twice—popular music was switched... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at Faith in Context
by Loren Seibold Confession has never been out of style. Three millennia ago King David set down his sinfulness (Psalm 51), his depression (Psalm 6) and his paranoia (Psalm 31) in sometimes embarrassing detail—and people still sing his poetry in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2014 at Faith in Context
Amazing difference from the last time I cleaned out the spam. Thanks! But isn't it possible that the spammers can adjust to this change as easily as you can require it?
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By Monte Sahlin Two key agenda items dominated the discussions and planning that I participated in this week: (1) publishing the findings from case studies from among the very few congregations that are successfully engaging young adults these days, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at Faith in Context