Why the percentage of the non-religious is declining

We blogged about the Pew study of global religious affiliation, which included the rather surprising fact that the percentage of “nones,” or people with no religion, is declining world-wide.  An article at the Pew website explains why. [Read more...]

New video on vocation

The Christian History Institute has put out a two-part video on vocation.  It’s called Going on Vocation.  I’m in it.  See the trailer after the jump. [Read more...]

“Free range” kids temporarily taken away from parents

We blogged about the parents in Maryland who got in trouble for letting their six and ten year old children walk home by themselves.  (See this and this.)   It happened again, and this time the Child Protective Services took their kids, if only temporarily.  CPS had found the parents guilty of child neglect, so this second offence could have serious consequences for the family.

UPDATE:  It’s even worse when we learn what the cops and the CPS put the children through.  Yes, we should worry about kids being abducted, but notice who abducted them.

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Now Marco Rubio enters the race

Marco Rubio announced his candidacy for president.  That makes two Cuban-Americans (with Ted Cruz) and two Floridians (assuming Jeb Bush runs).  He claims that he can attract Hispanics and other minorities, young people, and the less well off, bringing these important demographics into the Republican fold.

Do you think he can?  Do you think he would be a good president?  How do you think he stacks up with the other candidates? [Read more...]

The fastest growing religion

A new Pew study of trends in world religions says that Islam is the world’s fastest growing religion.  Though Islam will come close, Christianity will still have the greatest numbers, with 40% living in sub-Saharan Africa.  The number of atheists, agnostics, and the unaffiliated–though increasing in the United States–will dwindle worldwide.   Details and more findings after the jump. [Read more...]

Does capitalism undermine traditional values?

The left is always saying that big business really runs this country.  There may be some truth to this claim.  The irony is that big business is supporting the left, at least on social and moral issues.  When corporations from Apple to Walmart turned against Indiana’s religious freedom act to support the gay agenda, notice how Republican politicians fell in line.

Charles Lane says that the Indiana controversy may be the Gettysburg of the Culture Wars, the turning point, after which social conservatives will start retreating until they lose their political clout completely.  He says that modern conservatism has depended on an alliance between pro-business free market advocates and social conservatives.  But this alliance is unstable.  He quotes a scholar who refers to “the cultural contradictions of capitalism,” saying that free market economics ultimately destroys traditional values.

There was arguably a time when capitalism and moral traditionalism went together, when capitalism depended on the values of self-control, restraint, and deferred gratification, as may still apply to small business today.  But today’s consumer capitalism depends on instant gratification, the satisfaction of all desires, and constant change.  Our financial system won’t even pay interest on a savings account, but rather depends on having everything now and going in debt.  This creates a cultural climate, so the argument goes, that will undermine traditional moral values.  But is this correct?  Would any other economic system be any better? [Read more...]


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