RELIGIOUS EVENTS IN HISTORY

On July 30, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a law passed by the 84th Congress declaring “IN GOD WE TRUST” as the national motto of the United States. The phrase first appeared on one-cent and two-cent pieces in 1864 after the passing of the Coinage Act of 1864. The phrase continued to be inscribed and printed on U.S. currency into the Cold War era. During that time, the U.S. government was looking to distinguish itself from the state atheism practiced in the Soviet Union and a resolution was introduced to create the national motto. The resolution passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate and was signed into law by President Eisenhower. On the same day, Eisenhower also signed into law a requirement that “IN GOD WE TRUST” be printed on all U.S. currency and coins.

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RELIGION CALENDAR

July 25: St. James the Great Day ( Christian)

Aug. 1: Lammas (Christian)

Aug. 1: Lughnassad - Imbolc (Wicca/Pagan)

Aug. 6: Transfiguration of the Lord (Orthodox Christian)

Aug. 10: Tish’a B’av (Jewish)

Aug. 10: Waqf al Arafa (Islam)

Aug. 12: Eid al Adha (Islam)

Aug. 15: Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary (Catholic Christian)

Aug. 15: Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)

Aug. 23: Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)

Aug. 29: Beheading of St. John the Baptist (Christian)

GOOD BOOK?

“Religion in the Public Square: Sheen, King, Falwell” by James M. Patterson

In “Religion in the Public Square,” James M. Patterson considers religious leaders who popularized theology through media campaigns designed to persuade the public. Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Rev. Jerry Falwell differed profoundly on issues of theology and politics, but they shared an approach to public ministry that aimed directly at changing how Americans understood the nature and purpose of their country.

- University of Pennsylvania Press

THE WORD

jen: In Confucianism, jen (pronounced “ren”) is the highest principle and translates to compassion and humanity derived from genuine love.

- ReligionStylebook.com

RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD

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

- Protestant: 49.2%

- Roman Catholic: 36%

- Jehovah’s Witness: 1.2%

- Rastafarian: 1.2%

- Other: 5.5%

- None: 5.7%

- Unspecified: 1.3%

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