Tuesday's News & Ideas

  • Future most Christian nation
  • Big Bang doubts
  • BSA boots church
  • Generic public prayer OK
  • Tourist church
  • Aging & time travel

China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 yearsThe (London) Telegraph: The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America.

A majority of Americans still aren't sure about the Big BangThe Atlantic: New poll confirms what has long been true: A majority of Americans aren't convinced the Big Bang is a scientific fact.

Boy Scouts revokes charter of Seattle church with gay troop leaderChristian Science Monitor: The Boy Scouts of America tells Rainier Beach UMC it can no longer host a troop because the troop's leader is gay, a violation of Boy Scouts policy.

Most voters favor prayer, minus Jesus, at public meetingsReligion News Service: As U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule on prayer at public meetings, a new survey finds U.S. voters clearly favor prayer -- as long as the public prayer is generic and not specifically Christian.

The Florida church whose worshipers are all touristsNPR: The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, has no permanent members, but it expected to host tens of thousands of worshipers on Easter. That's because it's across the street from Walt Disney World.

The Spark

Why don't older Americans want time machines?You want a time machine, don't you? Because one in 10 Americans do, according to a Pew survey about what futuristic technology people would like to own. But curiously, people's level of interest in time travel had a lot to do with how old they are, with younger people way more into time-travel than older people. Why is that?

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