Friday, July 01, 2011

CNN Belief Blog Celebrates 1st Birthday with a "Top 10 List"

It’s my day off so I’m just hanging out, having a 2nd cup of coffee and web-surfing while the laundry hums along … and came across this piece from CNN.

10 things the Belief Blog learned in its first year
By Dan Gilgoff, Religion Editor

After publishing 1,840 posts and sifting through 452,603 comments (OK, we may have missed one or two) the Belief Blog feels older than its 12 months would suggest. But it also feels wiser, having followed the faith angles of big news stories, commissioned lots of commentary and, yes, paid attention to all those reader comments for a solid year.

10 things we've learned:
1. Every big news story has a faith angle.

2. Atheists are the most fervent commenters on matters religious.

3. People are still intensely curious about the Bible, its meaning and its origins.

4. Most Americans are religiously illiterate.

5. It's impossible to understand much of the news without knowing something about religion.

6. Regardless of where they fit on the spectrum, people want others to understand what they believe.

7. Americans still have an uneasy relationship with Islam.

8. God may not prevent natural disasters, but religion is always a big part of the response.

9. Apocalyptic movements come and go.

10. Most Americans don't know that President Barack Obama is a Christian.
Read more details about each of the "ten" here ... Interesting food-for-thought about how we get out the Good News via media … what the challenges and opportunities are … etc, etc. ANYWAY … check it out if you’re in the mood. And have a wonderful 4th of July Weekend!

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