Week in Religion
While 30 percent of Americans feel religion is largely old fashioned and outdated, a majority believe otherwise. In a Gallup poll conducted in May, 57 percent of respondents indicated that religion can answer all or most of today’s problems.
The question has been asked by Gallup multiple times since it was first queried in 1957. In that initial poll, 82 percent of Americans believed in the problem-solving of religion, while only 7 percent felt it was outdated.
Not surprisingly, regular church-goers were most likely to answer “yes” to the question of whether religion can address today’s problems, with 84 percent of those who attend weekly and 68 percent of those who attend at least monthly answering in the affirmative.
Geographically, the strongest belief was found in the South, where 68 percent of respondents indicated a belief in the importance of religion to problems. Those who classified themselves as politically conservative were also staunch, with 72 percent answering yes.
The history of responses to this poll question highlights a gradual shift in Americans’ views on the relevance of religion, with an increasing, but still minority, segment saying the concept is not of contemporary use. Response rates have remained largely unchanged since the beginning of the 2000s, however, indicating the secularization of American society may have slowed or halted.
“King Rules: Ten Truths for You, Your Family, and Our Nation to Prosper,” by Alveda King
The niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shares his message in a deeply personal collection of hard-learned lessons, timeless truths, and foundational principles. Beginning with a vulnerable admission of her own wounds and wanderings, Alveda King unfolds 11 core values that have guided her family through generations of triumph and tragedy—and have played a pivotal role in fostering revolutionary change in society. Out of a heart of compassion, she dispenses wise meditations on bedrock subjects including faith and family, peace and justice, education and civic life.
Halal: In Arabic, something that is lawful and permitted in Islam. It is often used to refer to Islamic dietary laws, which prescribe ritual slaughtering of beef and poultry, among other things.
Religion Around the World
According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Ghana is:
- Christian (Pentecostal/Charismatic), 28.3 percent
- Christian (Protestant), 18.4 percent
- Christian (Catholic), 13.1 percent
- Christian (other), 11.4 percent
- Muslim, 17.6 percent
- Traditional, 5.2 percent
- None or other, 6 percent
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