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Christianity is increasingly becoming a developing world religion: In less than 20 years, according to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, the world's 2.6 billion Christians will be comprised of 623 million Latin Americans, 595 million Africans, 513 million Europeans and 498 million Asians. The growth of Africa has been astonishing, from 10 million Christians in 1900 representing about 10% of the population, to some 360 million in 2000, representing about 50% of the population.

About what St Paul meant by the Church being the body of Christ.

About William Wilberforce, anti-slavery campaigner.

Worried about the secular humanist bias of Wikipedia? (I know I think of little else.) Try Conservapeda! And also.

A journalist notes how bad reporting of religious (particularly Catholic) issues is in the mainstream British media.

Easter is approaching, so time for this year’s story about the falsity of Christianity—in this case, finding (yet another) tomb of Christ. Via notebuyer.

A new vaccine against cervical cancer has been developed: it may also vaccinate against anal cancer. Since the original virus is sexually transmitted, this is causing the predictable religious voices [can be expected to have] to have conniptions. Via meleah.

The startling research news that if you think violence is sanctioned by God, you are likely to be more violent.

Iran is promoting a women-only island for tourism.

British national security experts found wanting in their ability to distinguish Sunnis from Shi’a.

About the shifts in faith in Western societies and their consequences.

Religion in the American Civil War and the endless issue of means and ends.

About a noted theocon organisation protesting too much about its public policy and hellfire connections. Arguing for folk to be proud (but sensible) theocons. The religious right is feeling unloved in the Republican presidential race. Seriously unloved.

Death of a nun in an exorcism ritual leads to manslaughter convictions for priest and assisting nuns.



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 26th, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)
Seeing that list of secular humanist bias in wikipedia - my respect for wikipedia has actually now increased.
Feb. 27th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
Not, I suspect, the effect Conservapeda is looking for :)

My view of Wikipedia has always been it's a good starting point. Merely narrowing the range of perspectives being brought to bear is hardly a way to get better results.
Feb. 27th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
Re: Chuckle
Very true. A lot of the list appears to be not a written with a conservative agenda, but with an isolationist agenda - specifically an USA isolationist agenda.
Feb. 27th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
Re: Chuckle
It's funny how #15 and #23 in the bias list contradict each other...
Feb. 27th, 2007 01:15 am (UTC)
Re: Chuckle
Indeed they do.

Wikipedia is an attempt to harness the wisdom of crowds. Despite what the editor in chief of Britannica says, that is not the same as making truth a matter of democratic voting.
Feb. 27th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
I read the article about the HPV vaccine and couldn't see any evidence of religious nutter conniptions. Are you reading between the lines, or did they change the article after you linked to it? I like seeing conniptions! I'm disappointed I missed out!
Feb. 27th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
You're right, I misread one of the comments because of the framing from the original link. I will correct.
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