Can using the Internet destroy your faith? If so, how much does that affect you?
‘…That’s the conclusion of a study showing that the dramatic drop in religious affiliation in the U.S. since 1990 is closely mirrored by the increase in Internet use.
‘Back in 1990, about 8 percent of the U.S. population had no religious preference. By 2010, this percentage had more than doubled to 18 percent. That’s a difference of about 25 million people, all of whom have somehow lost their religion…’
And what do you think about this shocker:
Pastors Evangelize With Brutal Martial Arts Cage Matches (VIDEO)
Documentary captures phenomenon in hundreds of churches
‘The upcoming documentary “Fight Church” released its official trailer this week, and it provides a fascinating window into the unusual world of fighting pastors.
‘Directed by Bryan Storkel and Academy Award-winner Daniel Junge, the film examines the contradictory phenomenon of religious leaders practicing mixed martial arts (MMA), asking the question, “Can you love your neighbor as yourself and at the same time knee him in the face as hard as you can?”
‘Storkel and Junge told The Huffington Post that they became interested in the project after hearing about a pastor with a “fight ministry,” and realized that there were hundreds of churches around the country used fights as a way of building community and attracting new congregants…’
I wonder too how the legalization of same gender marriages affected church devotion
How We Get Risk Wrong
The Risk Perception Gap
‘The goal of this blog is to help raise awareness of what I call The Risk Perception Gap the danger that arises when we worry about some things more than the evidence suggests we need to, or less about some things than the evidence warns we should. These misperceptions are the natural product of a system of risk perception that, all in all, does a decent job keeping us alive, but because of some ancient instincts and mental processes, sometimes gets risk wrong…in dangerous ways.
‘Here are three examples from the current headlines, all of which clearly demonstrate the Risk Perception Gap…how our subjective perception of risk leads to judgments that feel right but don’t match the facts, and get us into trouble…’
The Power of Mischief, Timing, and Typography
How Mark Twain Became the Steve Jobs of His Day
‘In The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature (public library), Ben Tarnoff chronicles that becoming alongside the rise of the singular “vanguard of democracy” that shaped the course of the Western written word, a course largely steered by Twain. Embedded in the altogether fascinating story, on a closer read, is a testament to history’s cyclical nature as a parallel emerges between San Francisco in the Gold Rush era and Silicon Valley today, and between the respective patron saints of those worlds — Mark Twain and Steve Jobs…’