Shift in Social Views

2013 marked shifts in views on social issues

The past year passed milestones in American public opinion. Here is a sampling reported by the Pew Research Center.

Christmas commercial

Christmas a commercial holiday—not a sacred holy day—for growing number

Nine in 10 Americans will celebrate Christmas this year, but a new poll shows increasing numbers see the holiday as more tinsel than gospel truth.

Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Jesus is 'biggest'

It’s official. Jesus tops the list of the biggest names in human history, according to the authors of Who’s Bigger: Where Historical Figures Really Rank.

Virgin Birth

Nearly three-fourths of Americans believe in Virgin Birth

Nearly three-fourths of American adults—including a significant number who claim no religion—believe Jesus was born of a virgin.

Duck Dynasty

Duck Dynasty fans rally after Phil suspended by A&E

The pastor to Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson rushed to his defense after the reality TV star came under heavy criticism for his comments about homosexuality and the Bible.

Polygamy ruling

Conservatives say Utah polygamy ruling confirms worst fears

Fueling debates over marriage and religious freedom, a federal judge declared unconstitutional Utah’s laws criminalizing polygamy, ruling on a case involving the Brown family from the cable TV reality series Sister Wives.

West Bank

Christians helping Jews, Palestinians in West Bank

Christian involvement in the disputed West Bank the spans the political divide. Some are donating and giving hands-on help to Israeli settlers. Others are supporting Palestinian farmers harvest their olives.

Adventure ministry

Adventure, environmentalism offer off-road route to God

Some religious leaders are turning their ways of living the faith inside out. They’re taking believers into the woods, rivers and deserts to find spiritual truth through adventure and environmental awareness.

Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Rockwell painting sold

“Saying Grace,” an iconic painting by popular American artist Norman Rockwell, sold for $46 million at auction—a price three times higher than his previous record. 

Go Tell It

Go tell it—clearly and simply

The Good News, once announced by angels to shepherds in their fields, is now delivered on a variety of media platforms around the world. But is the message being buried under the multitude of venues we have to choose from?

More give to religion than realize it

More give to religion than realize it

The end of the year focuses attention on giving—not only presents on Christmas morning, but also gifts to charitable causes. New research is shedding light on the meaning of “religious giving.”

Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Bay Psalm Book sold

One of the 11 surviving copies of the Bay Psalm Book, the first book printed in English in America, fetched $14.2 million at Sotheby’s auction house in Manhattan. 

Rick Warren's Daniel Plans

Rick Warren shares good news about Daniel’s weight loss plan

Rick Warren's new book, The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life, details a lifestyle program that helped the megachurch pastor lose 65 pounds and propelled members of his congregation to drop more than 250,000 pounds collectively.

Lost Faces

Forensic scientists reconstruct ‘Lost Faces of the Bible’

A new four-part TV series on the National Geographic Channel, Lost Faces of the Bible, follows forensic experts as they recreate long-gone faces utilizing the same state-of-the art technology used by police investigators.

Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Cathedral to charge admission

Facing a $26 million earthquake repair bill and years of financial woes, the iconic Washington National Cathedral will start charging visitors in 2014.

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