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  • Weekly Religion News with a new survey that shows 19 percent of Americans are "Nones," "Divine Alignment" by SQuire Rushnell and more.

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  • What is a "None," you ask? Are you an atheist, agnostic or a "nothing in particular"? Then, what box do you check on your religion status survey? That's right: None.
    According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 1 in 5 Americans, or about 19 percent, are Nones.
    That number is on the rise as the Roman Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention, Methodists and Lutherans "all show membership flat or inching downward, according to the 2012 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches," says a USAToday.com article.
    Nones made up 6 percent of the U.S. population in 1990, the first time Nones were included on a survey. By 2008, Nones made up 15 percent. By 2010, it edged up to 18 percent.
    The Pew Research Center basis its recently reported 19 percent on a survey of 19,377 people throughout 2011.
    USAToday.com quotes Barry Kosmin, co-author of three American Religious Identification Surveys, as saying, "Young people are resistant to the authority of institutional religion, older people are turned off by the politicization of religion, and people are simply less into theology than ever before."
    Week in Religion
    July 25, 1968, Pope Paul VI published the encyclical "Humanae Vitae." It restated the Catholic position on the family, and condemned all artificial methods of birth control.
    July 26, 1926, the sanctuary of Our Lady of Victory, in Lackawanna, N.Y., became the first Roman Catholic church in the U.S. to be consecrated a basilica.
    July 27, 1913, in Oxford, P.A., the first Victorious Life Conference closed. Founder Robert C. McQuilkin emphasized in these meetings anattainment of spiritual freedom from the power of every known sin.
    -- William D. Blake, Almanac of the Christian Church
    Good Book?
    "Divine Alignment" by SQuire Rushnell
    In this inspiring new work, SQuire Rushnell shows readers how they can navigate life’s thorniest hurdles, rediscover the deep meaning and impact of personal prayer, and develop the individual conviction and wherewithal it takes to reach their full potential and fulfill their most ambitious dreams by honoring the book’s seven easy-to-follow steps.
    -- Howard Books
    Quote of the week
    “Science and religion are not at odds. Science is simply too young to understand.” -- Dan Brown, "Angels and Demons"
    The Word
    HaShem: Pronounced “hah-SHEM.” The word some Jews use in the place of the word God, which is considered to be too holy to utter. It literally means “The Name.”
    -- religionstylebook.com
    Religion Around the World
    Religious makeup of Cyprus
    Greek Orthodox: 78 percent
    Muslim: 18 percent
    Page 2 of 2 - Other: 4 percent
    - CIA Factbook
    GateHouse News Service

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