Plans For Mormon Temple Has Some Parisians Worried
Protests against the building of France's first Mormon place of worship reveals unease about the decline of Catholicism and the (slight) rise of Christian evangelism.
Article written by guest writer Kecia Lynn
What's the Latest Development?
Court action is pending on stopping the building of a Mormon temple in the Paris suburb of Le Chesnay, a wealthy and predominantly Catholic community. The project, which includes several buildings, is fairly large in size, prompting concerns about dedicating land that might be better used towards public housing and businesses. Under French law, construction is allowed to continue while the court makes up its mind; a petition started last December gathered 6,000 signatures, only 2,000 of which were from local residents. Some of these residents worry that their children will be converted, a belief one Mormon official says is "unfortunate."
What's the Big Idea?
Experts say the controversy speaks to the larger issue of France's shifting religious demographics and reveals the rise of newer Christian religions such as Mormonism (which has just over 36,000 followers in France, less than one-tenth of the population) and Jehovah's Witnesses. As is the case in other parts of the West, most Catholics in France no longer attend services regularly and churches are increasingly relying on Asia and Africa to supplement its dwindling clergy. Correspondingly, since 1987, the percentage of religious non-Catholics, including Protestants, has increased, though by a small amount. The percentage of French citizens who are non-religious has grown by several points more.
Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com
These modern-day hermits can sometimes spend decades without ever leaving their apartments.
- A hikikomori is a type of person in Japan who locks themselves away in their bedrooms, sometimes for years.
- This is a relatively new phenomenon in Japan, likely due to rigid social customs and high expectations for academic and business success.
- Many believe hikikomori to be a result of how Japan interprets and handles mental health issues.
How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.