One-Third Of Americans Attend Church Regularly; More Than Half Pray Often

Fifty-four percent of Americans say they pray at least a couple of times a week and a third of them go to church at least once or twice a month, according to a national survey conducted by YouGov for The Economist.

People worship in song. (Photo by William White on Unsplash)

The survey asked 125 questions and was primarily focused on presidential politics and produced a major campaign development with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) surging to a dead-heat with former Vice-President Joe Biden in the contest for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

The final five questions concerned religious views and practices.

The survey told 1,500 people that “people practice their religion in different ways,” then asked them “outside of attending religious services, how often do you pray?” Continue reading “One-Third Of Americans Attend Church Regularly; More Than Half Pray Often”

Yale Computer Science Legend David Gelernter Says Goodbye To Darwinism

Professor David Gelernter of Yale’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is famous for having predicted the World Wide Web years before its appearance, as well as having conceived or designed  innumerable computing tools in wide use throughout the world.

Yale Professor David Gelernter. (Screen shot from interview with Hoover Institution’s Peter Robinson.)

But Gelernter is also something of a Renaissance Man because he is a prolific lecturer and author, the latter including works of fiction, technical articles and art criticism. Plus, he’s a member of the National Council of the Arts.

But there is one thing Gelernter is not, at least not anymore, and that is a believer in contemporary Darwinism. The Yale professor explained why in May in a Claremont Review of Books (CRB) article provocatively entitled “GIving Up Darwin.” Unfortunately, this may be the first you’ve heard about it. Continue reading “Yale Computer Science Legend David Gelernter Says Goodbye To Darwinism”

THINK ABOUT THIS: 10 Reasons Why Christianity Ignited The Scientific Revolution

Greece had philosophy, Rome architecture and law, and Islam mathematics, but people of the Bible gave science a place of honor and priority

Men and women have been doing mathematics, philosophy and tool design for thousands of years, but what we today know as “science” is a modern phenomena that started in the Medieval period of Europe and led to a revolution that changed virtually every facet of daily life and continues to do so today for billions of people.

Photograph courtesy of Louis Reed on Unsplash.

Daniel Currier of iApoligia points out that for the Scientific Revolution to happen, it had to be in “Christian medieval Europe [which] was the perfect utopia for science. Brilliant European Christians led the fight against superstition and irrationality by promoting reason, progress and biblical worldview.”

Because that is true, Currier continues, “many fields of science must thank Christians as being their progenitors.” He then names more than two dozen of them and the scientific field each played a major role in opening, including, to cite just three, Robert Boyle for electrodynamics, Gregor Mendel for genetics, and Lord Kelvin for thermodynamics. Continue reading “THINK ABOUT THIS: 10 Reasons Why Christianity Ignited The Scientific Revolution”

STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted!

Recent Moves, As Reported by Legistorm:

Ana Alegria is the new Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee deputy press secretary. Ana is a 2017 Harvard graduate in history.

Cole Bockenfeld is Sen. Chris Murphy’s (D-Ct.) new national security adviser. Cole earned his MA in 2017 from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and his BA in 2008 in political science from the University of Arkansas. Continue reading “STAFF MOVES: Look Who’s Getting Promoted!”

Here’s Three Reasons That The ‘War Between Science And Faith’ Is A Myth, Even On The Hill

So, you’re walking down a corridor in the Rayburn House Office Building one day thinking about how your boss wants an amendment to a draft bill that she really cares about when your thoughts are interrupted by  a conversation you overhear between two people walking a little ahead of you.

Photo by Vlad Tchompalov on Unsplash

The duo appear also to be Hill aides, but they are debating an arcane topic – which is “better” for understanding reality, science or faith?

One of them tells the other he “doesn’t think there should be any conflict between science and faith because they really aren’t opposed.”

To which the other person responds: “Well, I think they are fundamentally opposed to each other, always have been and always will be. But tell me three reasons why you think they aren’t.” Continue reading “Here’s Three Reasons That The ‘War Between Science And Faith’ Is A Myth, Even On The Hill”

WORKING ON THE HILL: Time To Lay Off Gen Z

It is said that every older generation looks upon every younger generation and either recoils in horror, disgust or incredulity.

(Screen shot from McDowell presentation)

Having heard it from members of the Greatest Generation, I confess that I sometimes must stop and remind myself that the same things I now say about “Millennials” were once said about me and my Boomer contemporaries.

Dr. Sean McDowell of Biola University notes in a recent presentation at a Summit Ministries conference that “people have been talking about Millennials for a decade and a half, but, friends, Millennials are out of college, they’ve graduated. Continue reading “WORKING ON THE HILL: Time To Lay Off Gen Z”

WORKING ON THE HILL: Whose Morality Are You Imposing Today?

It’s one of the most commonly heard warnings whenever debates erupt in Congress or elsewhere in our public policy forums with even the remotest links to divisive social issues — “Don’t impose your morality on me!”

Dr. Frank Turek, president of crossexamined.org. (Screen shot from YouTube)

But if you work in Congress, the reality is that you are in one way or another, to a greater or lesser degree, part of the inherent process of defining, applying, revising or communicating the morality government enforces on — and on behalf of — us all every day.

Dr. Frank Turek of cross-examined.org gets right to the point in responding to the warning about not imposing morality: “Well actually, that’s what every one is trying to do. Everyone is trying to put their own beliefs into the law.” Continue reading “WORKING ON THE HILL: Whose Morality Are You Imposing Today?”