WEEK IN RELIGION

A church in Indiana was recently evicted from its building because of a sign criticizing homosexuality. The sign was posted by the Remnant Fellowship Church in Auburn, Indiana, after a local television station ran a story about the sign and the pushback from some in the community in June. Church officials later confirmed that the church had been evicted by the landlord earlier this month. Officials said the aim of the sing was to “reach young people and steer them away from a lifestyle they believe is harmful to them.” The controversy began after a woman had changed the sign to read “Stay Open Minded,” The church later changed the sign back to the original controversial message and then was evicted.

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STUDY SAYS

Young adults less religious than their elders

Younger adults around the world are less religious than their elders, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center. According to the study, adults ages 18 to 39 are less likely than those ages 40 and older to say religion is very important to them in 46 out of 100 countries surveyed.

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GOOD BOOK?

“The Spiritual Mandela: Faith and Religion in the Life of Nelson Mandela” by Dennis Cruywagen

Journalist Dennis Cruywagen traces the spiritual component of Nelson Mandela’s life, from his youth in a traditional Thembu village to his education at Wesleyan and Methodist mission schools to his time as an activist to his period on Robben Island and the years thereafter. Based on interviews with some of Mandela’s close colleagues, such as Ahmed Kathrada, as well as priests and other religious figures with whom he interacted, this book unearths an unknown dimension of one of recent history’s most respected men.

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THE WORD

rapture: In Christian eschatology, a term used to describe the sudden transportation of true Christians into heaven before other events associated with the end of the world take place.

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RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD

According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Gabon is:

— Roman Catholic: 42.3 percent

— Protestant: 12.3 percent

— Other Christian: 27.4 percent

— Muslim: 9.8 percent

— Animist: 0.6 percent

— Other: 0.5 percent

— None: 7.1 percent

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