Friday, January 17, 2014

All Around the Web - January 17, 2014

Albert Mohler - Evolution and the Secular Worldview—The Fury of the Elites on Display
The Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project recently released data indicating that the issue of evolution still divides Americans. According to the research, about 60 percent of Americans indicate a belief in evolution, while just over 30 percent reject evolution as an account of human origins. A closer look at the data reveals that almost half of those who say they believe in evolution also believe that a Supreme Being guided the process. In other words, far less than half of Americans believe in a purely naturalistic version of evolution, the mainstream theory as held by evolutionists.
As you might expect, religious beliefs play a huge role. The vast majority of those identified as evangelical Christians affirmed that “humans have existed in their present form since the beginning of time,” while only 15 percent of “white mainline Protestants” joined in that affirmation.

But the researchers also asked questions about political affiliation. It turns out that Democrats and Republicans are increasingly separated over the issue of evolution, with a far greater percentage of Democrats affirming evolution. In 2009, 54 percent of Republicans affirmed evolution and 64 precent of Democrats did the same. The new research indicates that Republicans are even less likely to affirm evolution now, with only 43 percent indicating agreement with evolution.

In response to this research, columnist Charles M. Blow of The New York Times could express only exasperation: “In fact, this isn’t only sad; it’s embarrassing.”

To whom?

Justin Taylor - Free Narrated Version of Pilgrim’s Progress for Kids

Everyday Theology - Why Study Theological Anthropology?
1. We’re confused about what it means to be human.
2. Visions of humanity have pressing everyday implications.
3. We need explicitly theological anthropologies.

Leadership Network - 2013 Year-End Status of Megachurches
Scope and Size of U.S. Megachurches
5 million - Number of people who worshipped in a U.S. megachurch last weekend (if it was a regular weekend, with Christmas and Easter being much higher).
1,650 - Current number of megachurches in the United States, according to church lists compiled by Leadership Network.
0.5% - While almost 10% of Protestant churchgoers attend a megachurch, these churches represent only about half of one percent of the roughly 320,000 Protestant churches that exist in the United States. For more breakdown by size, see these Hartford Institute for Religion Research FAQs.
46 - Amount of the 50 states have a megachurch (not yet in Delaware, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont). Megachurches can be found in Washington DC as well.
Almost allNumber of Protestant denominations that have at least one megachurch from the biggest denominations (Southern Baptists, United Methodists, Evangelical Lutherans, etc., which each have many) to smaller denominations (Foursquare, Christian & Missionary Alliance, Nazarene, etc.). Most denominational megachurches hold their denominational affiliation lightly – Saddleback is Southern Baptist, and is Evangelical Covenant, for example – and many are nondenominational, such as Lakewood, Willow Creek, North Point and Potter’s House.
21% - Amount of today's megachurches founded in the last 20 years. Average (median) founding date of all current megachurches is 1977.
22% - Amount of today's megachurches founded by their current lead pastor. (Thus the current pastor was the church's very first pastor.)
79% - Amount of current megachurch pastors who led their congregation through its most dramatic growth era occur -- i.e., under whose leadership it became a megachurch.

55 - Average (median) age of today's megachurch lead pastor (5% are under age 40, 18% under age 45).

92% - I’ve personally visited 23 of the 25 (or 92%) largest-attendance Protestant churches in the United States. I visit lots of churches of other sizes too.  :)

The Hollywood Reporter - Study: Nearly Half of Americans Tune to Other Devices While Watching TV
A new study indicates that nearly half of all Americans employ a second screen while watching television.

About 44 percent of Americans utilize another device while watching television --  though among that group only 13 percent say that it makes their program viewing experience “much more enjoyable." A significant 67 percent report that is makes their TV viewing “somewhat more enjoyable.”

Findings from the sampling of 2,531 people over age 13 and revealed by NATPE and Consumer Electronics Association at the CES show in Las Vegas indicate "there are opportunities to increase its appeal."

The West Wing tackles exegesis.

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