What is the state of religion in America?
Question: What is the state of religion in America?
Warren: Well I’m both hopeful and pessimistic. I’m pessimistic when I watch television or watch a lot of the stuff that reflects culture, because I do see a deterioration of some of the values that I think Americans have been known for. But I also see a resurgence of hope in that I see churches coming to the table and saying it’s not enough for us to just talk about the souls of people. We also need to talk about their bodies. When I see churches that are coming to the table and saying let’s not just talk about people’s salvation; but let’s talk about the fact that the people that we’re trying to bring salvation to also are hungry. They’re not wearing any clothes. They don’t have a way to make a living. They’re sick. They have HIV. They don’t have access to good water. They don’t have access to good healthcare. When I see the marriage of those two ideas together – caring for the body and the soul, and a lot of churches realizing that’s our responsibility – to me that gives me a lot of hope.
Warren is both "hopeful and pessimistic."
The findings are based on a phenomenon known as the "Mighty Girl Effect."
- The study tracked the responses of more than 5,000 men over the course of a decade.
- The results showed that men who lived with daughters were less likely to hold traditional views on gender relations and roles.
- This effect seemed to be strongest as the daughters entered secondary-school age.
There might be hope for our oceans, thanks to one clumsy moment in a coral tank.
- David Vaughan at the Mote Laboratory is growing coral 40 times faster than in the wild.
- It typically takes coral 25 to 75 years to reach sexual maturity. With a new coral fragmentation method, it takes just 3.
- Scientists and conservationists plan to plant 100,000 pieces of coral around the Florida Reef Tract by 2019 and millions more around the world in the years to come.
The billionaire entrepreneur predicts the rise of technology will soon force society to rethink the modern work week.
- Branson made the argument in a recent blog post published on the Virgin website.
- The 40-hour work week stems from labor laws created in the early 20th century, and many have said this model is becoming increasingly obsolete.
- The average American currently works 47 hours per week, on average.
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