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Dino Quiz Controversy May Save School
News, Culture, Society
Written by laika   
Thursday, 30 May 2013 23:20

At the Athens Banner-Herald:

GREENVILLE, S.C. — It was labeled “4th grade science quiz. Dinosaurs: Genesis and the Gospel.”

Eighteen questions. The first four were true or false.

The earth is billions of years old. A lopsided pencil mark circled false.

Dinosaurs lived millions of years ago. Another circle: false.

It went on from there, testing students on the beginning of the world according to creationism, the belief that the literal interpretation of the first book of the Bible explains it all.

 
Survey: Provo-Orem area most religious in US
Surveys & Statistics
Written by laika   
Sunday, 07 April 2013 15:02

At USA Today:

The Provo-Orem area of Utah is the most religious metropolitan area in the United States, a new Gallup poll shows.

A survey of about 190 metropolitan areas released Friday found 77% of Provo-Orem residents are classified as "very religious." That's based on respondents saying religion is an important part of their daily life and they attend religious services nearly every week.

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 April 2013 15:08
 
Russian army introduces the flying Orthodox church-in-a-box
Church
Written by holmegm   
Thursday, 04 April 2013 10:15

From The Guardian:

The Russian military unveiled an unlikely new weapon in its arsenal this month – an army of parachuting priests. The unit of chaplains, who have joined the Russian Airborne Force to train in parachute jumping and vehicle assembly, will operate out of flatpack churches that can be airlifted in to wherever soldiers may be stationed.

The church could be mistaken for a standard-issue army cabin, taking the form of a khaki-coloured shed on wheels, were it not for the cladding of gilded icons and the majestic onion dome spire sprouting from its rooftop. 

 
Faith - and a side of fries
Church
Written by holmegm   
Sunday, 31 March 2013 05:47

From The Lansing State Journal:

Grumpy’s Diner locks its doors at 7 p.m. most weekdays. But on Monday nights the South Lansing restaurant is starting to get crowded as the clock ticks towards closing time.  {...}

As servers bring plates heaped with onion rings, roast beef sandwiches, hamburgers and pancakes, Jeremy Kratky, standing near the window with his guitar, launches a worship service, inviting those gathered to join him in singing “Blessed Be Your Name.” 

 
Shroud of Turin in the news again
Faith & Spirituality
Written by laika   
Friday, 29 March 2013 21:51

At The Guardian:

The shroud of Turin is to be shown on television for the first time in 40 years on Easter Saturday as a new claim that the four-metre-long linen cloth dates from ancient times proves its enduring ability to fascinate and perplex.

As what the Vatican described as his parting gift to the Roman Catholic church before he resigned, Benedict XVI signed off on a special 90-minute broadcast of the shroud that will take place from Turin Cathedral and be introduced in a brief preamble by his successor, Pope Francis.

 
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