Top Ten Religion Stories

According to Christianity Today the past year’s top ten religious stories were as follows: [Click the link if you want details about what these stories are about.]

1. Taliban takes Korean short-term mission team hostage, killing two.

2. Atheism tops the bestseller charts.

3. Presidential campaigns start early, with some faith surprises.

4. Ruth Graham dies.

5. Anglican Communion fractures over Scripture, homosexuality.

6. Three Christians tortured and killed in eastern Turkey.

7. Jerry Falwell and D. James Kennedy die. l

8. Francis Beckwith, head of the Evangelical Theological Society, becomes a Catholic.

9. Campaign to oust Richard Cizik, the head of the National Association of Evangelicals, for his global warming activism fails.

10. Supreme Court upholds 2003 federal partial-birth abortion ban.

This list strikes me as rather parochial, emphasizing inside the Bible-beltway stories rather than events of genuine spiritual importance. That the Church is still producing martyrs, though, is of great significance. The pro-life victory is important, as is the global reaction against Western theological liberalism.

Would you put other events of the past year in this list? What can we conclude about the state of American and world Christianity if these are top stories?

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.pagantolutheran.blogspot.com Bruce

    That’s an interesting list. I hadn’t realized that many big stories concerning religion had happened in the course of a year. It would be interesting to see how someone like Mollie Z Hemingway over at GET RELIGION would rank the top stories and just what stories she and her comrades would come up with.

    I’ll add one: “The pure gospel was preached repeatedly at Faith Lutheran Church in Oregon, WI”. That’s one they missed, somehow.

  • http://www.pagantolutheran.blogspot.com Bruce

    That’s an interesting list. I hadn’t realized that many big stories concerning religion had happened in the course of a year. It would be interesting to see how someone like Mollie Z Hemingway over at GET RELIGION would rank the top stories and just what stories she and her comrades would come up with.

    I’ll add one: “The pure gospel was preached repeatedly at Faith Lutheran Church in Oregon, WI”. That’s one they missed, somehow.

  • FW

    Score one big one for Bruce.

    A mormon with a chance of becoming president is another. It would change everything more than people realize.

  • FW

    Score one big one for Bruce.

    A mormon with a chance of becoming president is another. It would change everything more than people realize.

  • FW

    i notice Jesus being conspicuous in His absence in this list…..

  • FW

    i notice Jesus being conspicuous in His absence in this list…..


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