Weekly Religion News with 1 in 4 millenials unaffiliated with religion, "Christmas Treasures" by Thomas Kinkade, Katherine Spencer and more.

At the start of the Cold War, U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower told Soviet leaders, "Our form of government has no sense unless it is founded in a deeply felt religious faith, and I don't care what it [faith] is."


However, according to Tor Constantino, author of "A Question of Faith," the urgency of that presidential echo is fading into history as evidenced by a recent Pew Forum survey that finds 1 in 4 young U.S. adults generally don't care about religion and are unaffiliated with any faith tradition.


In his book, the author offers an overview and history of each of the six major religions of the world (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism) within the context of a single multi-choice question: "Which religion is best for me to believe?"


"Technology continues to shrink the globe, forcing us to interact and relate more widely with different cultures and the religious beliefs at the core of those cultures," says Constantino. "Unfortunately, it seems that American millennials (adults ages 18-29) simply aren't prepared for that engagement."


Constantino says that no one can adequately predict the long-term moral or cultural affect that this general disinterest in religion will have on a society.


"This growing trend away from religion and faith among young adults cannot be ignored because they will someday be leading this country." says Constantino.


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Week in Religion


- Oct. 26, 1868,white terrorists kill several blacks in St. Bernard Parish in Louisiana.


- Oct. 27, 1948, Israel recaptures Nizzanim in the Negev.


- Oct. 28, 312, Roman emperor Constantine, 32, defeated the army of Maxentius. Constantine was converted soon after and became the first Roman emperor to embrace the Christian faith.


-- William D. Blake, Almanac of the Christian Church


Survey Says


About a third of white evangelical Protestants (34 percent) say they would less likely to support a Mormon presidential candidate, compared with 24 percent of the religiously unaffiliated, about 19 percent of white mainline Protestants and about 16 percent of white Catholics. These opinions have changed little since 2007.


-- Pew Research Center


Good Book?


"Christmas Treasures" by Thomas Kinkade, Katherine Spencer


Reverend Ben has been ignoring his health recently and it's finally caught up with him. He's developed a heart problem and requires bypass surgery. Interim minister Isabel Moran is assigned to the congregation. Is this a sign from above that it's time for Ben to move on to a new phase of his life? As Ben grows stronger and gets back to his old self, he starts to wonder if he's really ready to celebrate his final Christmas as pastor of the church in Cape Light that has been his life's work. After all, Christmas is a time for giving, but retiring and presenting Isabel with his much treasured job might be the biggest test of faith Ben has ever had to face.


-- Penguin Group (USA)


Quote of the week


"The Lord is so rich that he easily can, so good that he certainly will, give his children more than he will ever take away." -- John Newton, Anglican clergyman and hymnwriter


The Word


Halloween: Takes place in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain on Oct. 31, the day before All Saints Day. The day traces its roots to pagan celebrations, predominantly among the Celts in the British Isles. In recent years, some U.S. Christians have opposed Halloween celebrations and created alternative celebrations, claiming the day is satanic.


-- religionstylebook.com


Religion Around the World


Religious makeup of Uganda (2002 census)


Roman Catholic: 41.9 percent


Protestant: 42 percent


Muslim: 12.1 percent


Other: 3.1 percent


None: 0.9 percent


- CIA Factbook


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