It's Holy Week At Big Think
Americans are swinging toward secularism in droves. Boom times for evangelism and mega-churches are on the wane. Is the Age of Obama pushing America past religion?
Seventy-eight percent of the Americans avow they are Christian according to a Pew Center survey. A full third say they are born-again. This distinguishes the country as the most faithful among western democracies and competitive with Muslim theocracies in its fervency. But as is the case with the America's cultural pastiche, religion is not an easy topic to probe. Faith is a nuanced category populated by "Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus" and "non-believers as well" as Obama reminded us in the Inaugural Address.
We'll be dedicating much of our blog this week to the changing face of faith and belief in the U.S. and the rest of the globe. We'll explore the movement toward secularism, the rediscovery of Christian orthodoxy and the role of faith in the economic downturn.
Religious debate has long been one of our chief interest here at Big Think, both among staff and our users. What better time than Easter Week to review our experts on religion and open new conversations on the role of belief in the world society.
Reading and Viewing for the Week:
Secularist extraordinaire Sam Harris on Big Think
Saddleback Church founder and Inaugural pastor, Rick Warren on Big Think
Pastor of New York's Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Tim Keller on Big Think
New Atheists Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennet and Christopher Hitchens in conversation
National Geographic's expose on the Russian Orthodoxy's renaissance
Newsweek's The End of Christian America
The 2008 American Religious Identification Survey
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