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  • Religion News: Millennial voters divided

  • Weekly Religion News on a new survey that explains the religious divide among Millenial voters, "Sinner's Creed" by Scott Stapp and more.

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  • Despite being a highly diverse generation known for its acceptance of difference, a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute and Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs finds surprisingly persistent racial divides among younger Millennials.
    For example, Obama commands an overwhelming lead among black (97 percent) and Hispanic (69 percent) younger Millennial voters, while Romney has an 11-point advantage over Obama among white younger Millennial voters (52 percent vs. 41 percent).
    These racial divides also hold true among religious voters. Eight-in-ten (80 percent) white evangelical Protestant younger Millennial voters and a slim majority of white mainline Protestant younger Millennial voters (51 percent) favor Romney. Obama, however, maintains an advantage among Catholic younger Millennial voters overall (55 percent vs. 38 percent) religiously unaffiliated younger Millennial voters (68 percent vs. 23 percent), and minority Protestant younger Millennial voters (70 percent vs. 26 percent).
    In addition, nearly half (49 percent) of younger Millennials say it is somewhat or very important for a candidate to have strong religious beliefs, while 48 percent say it is not too important or not at all important for a presidential candidate to have strong religious beliefs. Here, too, younger Millennials are divided by race. A majority of black (68%) and Hispanic (57 percent) Millennials agree that it is important for a presidential candidate to have strong religious beliefs, compared to only 44% of white Millennials. A majority (53 percent) of white Millennials believe that it is not important for a presidential candidate to have strong religious beliefs.
    -- ReligionNews.com
    Week in Religion
    Oct. 3, 1875, Hebrew Union College was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, under Jewish auspices. It was the first Jewish college in America to train men for the rabbinate.
    Oct. 4, 1867, in Southwest Africa, the Rhenish Missionary Church constituted itself as the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
    Oct. 5, 1989, ten months after being indicted by a federal grand jury, televangelist Jim Bakker, 50, was found guilty on 24 counts of mail and wire fraud. Bakker was fined $500,000 and sentenced to 45 years in prison.
    -- William D. Blake, Almanac of the Christian Church
    Survey Says
    A new study finds that, across the world, government policies or actions that clearly favor one religion over others have the strongest association with social hostilities involving religion.
    -- Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
    Good Book?
    "Sinner's Creed" by Scott Stapp
    This the uncensored memoir of Scott Stapp, Grammy Award–winning leader of the multiplatinum rock band Creed. During Creed’s decade of dominance and in the years following the band’s breakup, Scott struggled with drugs and alcohol, which led not only to a divorce, but also to a much-publicized suicide attempt in 2006. Now clean, sober and in the midst of a highly successful solo career, Scott has finally come full circle –– a turnaround he credits to his renewed faith in God.
    Page 2 of 2 - -- Tyndale House Publishers
    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
    New Religious Movement: A widely accepted term that describes religious groups outside the mainstream. These fringe groups often have roots in Christianity, Judaism or other major faiths but have beliefs and practices that are rejected by mainstream organizations. Some New Religious Movements are not new, and a few eventually evolve into mainstream religious groups. Cults, which are generally considered groups with overly controlling leadership or dangerous practices, are included in this category.
    Religion Around the World
    The religious makeup of France
    Roman Catholic: 83-88 percent
    Protestant: 2 percent
    Jewish: 1 percent
    Muslim: 5-10 percent
    Unaffiliated: 4 percent
    GateHouse News Service
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