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15 faith-based predictions for 2012
January 1st, 2012
03:00 PM ET

15 faith-based predictions for 2012

To ring in the New Year, CNN's Belief Blog asked experts in religion, faith leaders, and a secular humanist about how the forces of faith and faithlessness will shape the world in 2012.

Here's what they told us:

1. The Republican Party will tap Mitt Romney as its presidential nominee, and America will finally have its "Mormon moment." As evangelicals try to figure out whether they can support a president who practices Mormonism, the rest of us will try to figure out whether Mormonism is a cult, a form of Christianity, or something in between. Meanwhile, visitors to Marriott hotels will finally crack open some of those nightstand copies of The Book of Mormon.
-Stephen Prothero, Boston University religion professor and regular CNN Belief Blog contributor

2. Despite all of the lessons that could have been learned from Y2K and Harold Camping, people will still rally around the idea that apocalyptic events are on the calendar for 2012. Some will turn to the end-date of the 5125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar (closely associated with the Maya civilization) and a handful of folks believe cataclysmic events are awaiting on December 21, 2012. But the dates with will pass with little fanfare — except for those profiting from the sale of gold coins, generators, and dried food that you'd probably rather want to die than eat.
-Margaret Feinberg, author of "Hungry for God"

3. Continuing revolutions across the Arab world will raise alarming questions about the fate of the remaining Christians in the region, and will put the issue of religious persecution squarely on the political agenda. Sizable Christian populations now survive in only two Arab countries, Egypt and Syria, both of which could soon be under Islamist rule. At a minimum, expect to see inter-faith violence on the ground. In a worst case scenario, Arab Christians could face large scale persecution, forcing millions to seek new homes overseas. Watch too for religious persecution to be an emotive issue in the U.S. presidential race.
- Philip Jenkins, Penn State University professor and author of "Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses"

4. The year will see an increase in the number of people "coming out" as nonbelievers. Major events like the Reason Rally in March will be a catalyst for more people to publicly declare their secular worldview. The statements of popular celebrities George Takei and Ricky Gervais as atheists in 2011 are just the tip of the iceberg.
–Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association

5. "All-American Muslim" will become a bigger hit than "Jersey Shore" ever was. Obsessed fans worldwide, regardless of gender, will begin rocking sassy colorful hijab (veil) and converting en masse. Tim Tebow will choose to fast in solidarity with Muslim football players and Tebowing will be replaced by Teprostrating. President Obama will jump on the bandwagon and replace VP Joe Biden with Keith Ellison as his running mate, guaranteeing his re-election in a landslide victory in November. Peace will reign on earth and pigs will have a new lease on life.
-Maysoon Zayid, comedian, actress and co-producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival

6. There's no question the worldview of most younger Christians already differs from previous generations regarding social justice, cultural engagement and politics. The next issue of probable divergence? The conflict in Israel and Palestine. The American church has largely purported just one theology about the modern state of Israel, but now questions are being asked - especially by younger Christians learning of persecution and human rights issues happening in the region - if the church should have a more active role in peacemaking. Is there a way for the Church to be pro-Israel, pro-Palestine and pro-peace?
–Cameron Strang, publisher of RELEVANT magazine

7. Significant numbers of millennials (young people born in the 1980s and 1990s) will continue to walk away from socially conservative religious traditions. Bringing them back will be tough, especially for religious organizations deeply invested in brick-and-mortar and bureaucracy. Millennials who are facing the erosion of access to affordable, quality education and meaningful employment and who stand to inherit from their elders a great deal of debt and environmental destruction want to know why and how faith matters.
-Joanna Brooks, Mormon author and columnist for Religion Dispatches

8. The year 2012 promises to be a time of great spiritual stirring in our nation. People are seeking both practical and spiritual answers to their problems. As a result, churches and media ministries that answer specific needs will grow in unprecedented numbers. We can expect to see the numbers of mega-churches and super mega-churches continue to grow. Culturally there will be marked return to helping the poor (both domestically and internationally) and political and social engagement by a younger/more racially diverse, evangelical people.
–Harry R. Jackson Jr., senior pastor, Hope Christian Church and president of the High Impact Leadership Coalition

9. Sabbath becomes trendy! Fourth Commandment makes a comeback! Sabbath named Time’s person of the year! A new movement sweeps the country. They call themselves 24/6. Worn out by being tethered to the grid 24/7, sick of being accessible all hours of the day, inundated by updates, upgrades, and breaking news, Americans finally rebel, demanding, “We need a day off.” People all over the country go offline for 24 hours every week. The simple break from the frenetic pace results in lowered cholesterol rates, fewer speeding tickets, and a reduction in marital strife. Peace, tranquility and contentment spread like wildfire.
–Jamie Korngold, rabbi and author of "The God Upgrade"

10. Women in the Middle East and around the world will rally in protest about the woman who was beaten, stomped on and stripped down to her blue bra (under her abaya) during a demonstration in Egypt. Women everywhere who have been oppressed by their religions will rise up, as they have already done in Egypt, to join "The Blue Bra Revolution." We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore.
–Sally Quinn, founder and editor-in-chief of Washington Post's “On Faith”

11.“Occu-pew Church" – a movement away from counterfeit "Church-ianity," cult of personality and religion toward authentic grassroots personal faith, based on living and loving like Jesus. More churches will lose the moat dragon mentality, lower the drawbridge and dispatch members beyond the church service to church SERVICE, applying their faith in the community through volunteerism and outreach. A renewed global emphasis on prayer - especially for peace and reconciliation - as individuals and leaders recognize that personal spiritual peace in one's heart provides the only lasting foundation for physical peace among families, friends, neighbors - even nations
–A. Larry Ross, Christian communications executive representing clients like Billy Graham and Rick Warren

12. Hindu Americans will continue to become better advocates for themselves, particularly in the public policy arena. They will play a larger role in defining the manner in which Hinduism is represented in the media, academia, popular culture, and interfaith dialogue. The acknowledgment of the Hindu roots of yoga will continue to spread with more people seeing the connection. And the Hindu ethos of religious pluralism will take on a more prominent role in nurturing not only tolerance, but respect for and between the world's religions.
–Sheetal Shah, senior director of the Hindu American Foundation

13. In 2012 the lines between the sacred and the profane will get even more blurry: Scientists will religiously maintain their search for the elusive God particle (they won't find it); evangelical sports superhero and Denver Bronco quarterback Tim Tebow will continue to be both an inspiration to the faithful and an object of scorn to skeptics (he will be watching, not playing in, the Super Bowl); at least one well-known religious leader or leading religious politician will be brought down by a sex scandal (let's hope all our leaders have learned a lesson from former Rep. Anthony Weiner and stay away from sexting); and the "nones" - those who don't identify with one religion - will grow even more numerous and find religious meanings in unexpected places (what TV show will become this season's "Lost"?)
–Gary M. Laderman, chairman of Emory University’s religion department and  director of  Religion Dispatches

14. America’s evangelical community will have its hands full addressing both a presidential election and offering a biblical response to “end of days” Mayan prophecies surrounding 2012. With the economy emerging as the primary issue for the November election, America’s born-again community will have an opportunity to contextualize an alternative narrative to the polarizing elements from both the right and the left by reconciling the righteousness message of Billy Graham with the justice platform of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By offering compassionate, truth-filled solutions and focusing on the message of grace, love, reconciliation and healing, evangelicals will demonstrate that the greatest agenda stems neither from the donkey nor the elephant but rather from the lamb.
- Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

15. We are seeing the divide between younger generation evangelicals and older generation (baby boom and older) get wider every year both theologically and culturally (lifestyle). 2012 promises to widen the gap even more with Gen X and younger evangelicals having trouble understanding why the traditional lines make sense and/or just outright rejecting those lines.
–Mark Tauber, publisher at HarperOne

- CNN Belief Blog

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soundoff (2,166 Responses)
  1. VonDoom

    I believe I said this last year that the Christian Evangelical community will be saying the same thing(s) one year from today. We pretty much see the same arguments and comments from religious leaders who want to keep people on apron-strings each year at this time.

    Number seven I agree with except the last part. Every generation from the Baby Boomers have been walking away from religious lifestyles because they see them as irrelevant, corrupt and general BS by a few who want to control many. They aren't going to question it, they already have and that's why people are walking.

    There seems to be a lot a Conservative Evangelical Christian paranoia here. A lot of American arrogance as well towards the world outside of America. We need to get off our high horse and start worrying about ourselves as much as we worry about the rest of the world. We need to realize that if we live in one of the top G8 countries, we should be able to feed our own citizens, give them health care, give them the ability for education, decent pay from decent jobs, all those things that should be simple for a society. We already realize that just like Rome we can burn as well but that destruction comes from the inside. The religious community thinks that losing faith in them is what causes this destruction but it has nothing to do with it. Money is technically the root of it; not having more but having enough to survive where you live. We are going to slowly realize that America is turning into the America that you see in those dystopian sci-fi movies from the 80's. Hmm, now I want to watch Escape from New York.

    January 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  2. Govinda

    Thank God for the Buddha!

    January 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  3. Colin

    Rick Perry will be elected president. "God classes" will be put into schools instead of History and Science. The kids will learn how the earth is the center of the universe. Rick Perry will be promoted from "President" to "Supreme God-Speaker of the World." Obama's war on religion will end, and all non-religious people will be sent to the moon so no more wars will be started in the process. All current scientists will be sent to the moon also, replaced by "improved" scientists. The US's name will be changed to the Domain Of RIck Perry Because He Is The Supreme Speaker Of God. Chistians will be replaced with "The Group That Loves God And His Trusty Sidekick Rick Perry." Everyone will be happy and nothing bad will ever happen.

    January 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
    • Anon

      Replace Rick Perry with Obama – that's what Democrats do.

      January 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • VonDoom

      You forgot that "president" will be changed to "the beloved great leader".

      January 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
    • Get Real

      Anon – Really? That was the best you could come up with?

      January 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  4. mightyfudge

    No one knows what happens when we die, and anyone who claims such knowledge is a liar who probably wants your money.

    January 2, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • Jim C.

      You decompose, that one's free.

      January 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • Anon

      Non-Christians go to Hell. Christians go to Heaven. You're too close-minded to understand.

      January 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • Jim C.

      "Close-minded", interesting choice of words. Is it close minded to look at the likelihood of a particular doctrine being true, compare it to other doctrines and to the best science can do at the time, and make a decision based on the best information available? Or, take a world view from one ancient book, ignoring all evidence to the contrary?

      January 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Anon

      There is no god. No Heaven. No Hell. When your brain dies, you cease to exist.

      Cheers!

      January 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • Shane

      All I've seen are closed minded arguments. On one hand, true; you cannot say heaven and hell 100% exists because your guide is our faith, not facts. On the other hand, who are you to say it doesn't exist? What facts have you brought to the table? To fully shut out a religous belief, you must fully understand it.

      January 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  5. Tr1Xen

    "The future will soon be a thing of the past." – George Carlin

    January 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  6. HabTheory

    Whatta a bunch of garbage these professional "christians" are! The self-appointed clergy keep the ignorant masses entertained by stories of hell and damnation – it is how you control masses – with fear. Keep them ignorant so they can't research the truth for themselves. They are so busy planning for their rapture they neglect the life they have here, kill their brothers and sister on this planet, descrimate the creatures we share the planet with – and soil the planet itself. If you want to be Christ-like LOVE your brothers and sisters, CARE for the creatures that we share this planet with, and become a STEWARD of the Earth to keep it clean and habitable. Wait, I forgot, you holy Evangelicals are all Republicans – so we treat the planet like a kitty-litter box, kill off the animals and plants and bomb the heck out of the other people. We deny the most needy of medical care and creature comforts. Oh yeah, Jesus would REALLY be proud of you.

    January 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • Anon

      Take a look at your own life instead of taking pot shots at others – hypocrite.

      January 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • VonDoom

      There isn't anything hypocritical in this. The first reaction the corrupt have when called on their garbage is to shift the blame. The Evangelicals are getting pretty good at this.

      January 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • Getting hold of God

      Do you think atheists are equally contemptible and dismissible? Do you honestly believe, when you are calm and alone, the same things you say in a blog that lets you remain anonymous? The way you talk, one would think you are a hate-filled, paranoid bigot. Now, I highly doubt that you are any of those things. To borrow a phrase from the nonbelievers, however, it would be nice to see some evidence. Peace.

      January 2, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  7. logical centrist

    The phony born agains who go to church on Sunday and 'live like the devil' the rest of the week will be exposed.
    Is my prayer.

    January 2, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • Getting hold of God

      I'm not "born again" in the technical sense, so I probably can't speak for them, but it's my understanding that Christians don't believe they are without sin - unless they are entirely consumed with the vice of pride. They are acknowledged sinners, sevendays a week. That doesn't make them hypocrites; it makes them human. Peace.

      January 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  8. Rainer Braendlein

    @Jim C.

    It is possible to figure out one true doctrine, which is valid for every Christian.

    Luther and Bonhoeffer did not only interpret the Holy Bible, but they were in line with the fathers of the church and the decisions of the ecu-minical councils of the ancient church of the Eastern Roman Empire. Thus, Luther and Bonhoeffer did not found a new Church, not at all, but just reformed existing churches and returned to the good old doctrine of the Early Church.

    Fathers of the Church were Augustine, Cyprian, Hilarius, Athanasius, Sophronius, John of Damascus, Maximus the Confessor, etc..

    January 2, 2012 at 11:49 am |
    • Jim C.

      It sounds like you have decided who the founders of the "true doctrine" are. How are you certain they are correct? That's the problem all religions have.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @Jim C.

      You should do some study on the history of the ecu-menical councils.

      Such ecu-m. councils were attended by very many clerigs of the Eastern Roman Empire (Palestine, Syria, Italy, etc..)

      Councils have a biblical basis. There is an account on the first council of the Christian Church in Acts (Bible), which took place in Jerusalem. At a real council all participants have the same rank. Nobody his higher than the other. It is like a Christian parliament. The clerics can discuss freely and nothing is predetermined by any lousy pope-beast. Such councils have the promise of God's presence through the Holy Spirit. Hence, you can be sure that the decisions of the ecu-menical councils were according to the true doctrine.

      It high time for an international council of the Christian Churches, because many heresies and misbehaviour have entered the Church.

      January 2, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • Jim C.

      Why would you believe that anyone on a particular council had a pathway to the truth? Old men at a table discussing magic does not impress me.

      January 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @Jim C.

      May God give you the faith for free.

      But please be aware that the Christian Church is historical.

      If you don't believe in Christ, you don't believe in a God, which is worshipped by millions of people for 2000 years. Is that actually reasonable?

      January 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • Brad

      I would suggest looking back even earlier – towards the ones who actually knew the incarnate Christ. John (the Divine), for example:

      That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.

      This should be the starting point for all doctrine. Testimony of the ones who had direct experience with Christ.

      January 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • jemzinthekop

      Rainer, millions of people believed the sun revolved around the earth and the established Church at the time threatened Galileo with death for even suggesting them to be wrong. How did that one work out?

      January 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
    • Jim C.

      Humans have believed amazing things since we became self-aware. The Earth is flat, the Earth is the center of the universe, the Kardashians have talent. Truth is not automatic simply because something is believed by a lot of people.

      January 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • Guess What

      Brad,

      Muhammad had early followers too, you know, who swore up one side and down the other that M. actually heard from an angel of "God"... so did Joseph Smith and quite a few other "prophets" and "witnesses" over the centuries.

      None of the stories of supernatural events related by John (or whoever else wrote under that name) have a whit of verified evidence. A purportedly infinitely intelligent "God" certainly left poor, weak records.

      January 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • Brad

      jemzinthekop

      "How did that one work out?" Galileo lived and died as a man of faith in God. I think it worked out well for him. The conservative response of the Roman Church to Galileo was certainly damaging to that all-to-human insti.tution.

      January 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • Brad

      Guess What

      The opening declarations of 1 John are a claim of a direct experience with the incarnate Christ. We can take this to be a lie or we can accept it as truth.

      January 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Brad

      Jesus was a myth. As someone else said, the Christian god is very poor at record keeping.

      Cheers!

      January 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • Getting hold of God

      @ Jim and David: there's plenty of evidence for God, but you want Laboratory Evidence. Even Jesus himself didn't promise that. There's a reason why it's called "faith". Now, you are perfectly free to take the position that you, personally, don't find that convincing. But you have no right to sneer at the people who do. This doesn't show that you are more rational. It just shows that you are snobs. Now, don't go all fire and brimstone on me, you've been called plenty worse than that, and by people who really despise you, which I certainly do not. I respect your intellects (and in your case, David, your cheerfulness, a quality in desperately short supply on this blog). But what would you call me if I sneered at a man because he fell in love with a woman I thought extremely unattractive? Or what if I, knowing that you loved football, loudly insisted that football was a pastime amusing only to idiots and children?
      To be a football fan, or a significant other, or a person of faith involves a personal choice, in a matter where personal choice is a sine qua non. These actions are different in other significant ways, so don't overextend the analogy. But reflect on the danger inherent in letting your own, different choice give you an inflated opinion of yourself.
      Peace

      January 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
  9. Wafflestomper

    How funny is that prediction number 8, in addition to sounding moronic, sounds like an old black man wrote it. It's structure and vocabulary reek of meaningless and cliche phrases that plague African-American churches (as well as many health-and-wealth, pentecostal style churches too). So to confirm my faith-based prediction, I googled "Harry R. Jackson Jr"–and can you believe it, he's an old black man.

    January 2, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  10. Rainer Braendlein

    Mormons have nothing to do with the true Christian Church, which was founded by Jesus Christ and existed without interruption up to now:

    First the true Church were the Churches of Palestine, Syria, Northern Africa, Greece and Italy. They met on ecu-menical councils.

    In the 5th century the Monophysites and the Nestorians (today Churches of the Near East) seperated from the true Church.

    In the 7th century papacy came into being and the Roman Catholic Church gradually seperated from the true Church.

    In the 16th century big portions of the Roman Catholic Church were brought back to the true Church by Martin Luther.

    The true Church exists within the Protestant, Anglican and some Orthodox Churches, whereby it is high time for a new Reformation.

    The assumption of the LDS that the Church had disappeared completely at Smith's time is delusional. It is only that some sects seperated from the true Church and the current true Church experiences a heavy crisis.

    "1. The Republican Party will tap Mitt Romney as its presidential nominee, and America will finally have its "Mormon moment." As evangelicals try to figure out whether they can support a president who practices Mormonism, the rest of us will try to figure out whether Mormonism is a cult, a form of Christianity, or something in between."

    In order to figure out, whether Mormonism is a cult, we have to do some research. I attended an original website of the Mormons and found, for example, the following information:

    In his so-called "first vision" "God" allegedly told Joseph Smith (founder of the Mormons) that:

    "all creeds of all currently existing churches would be an abomination in God's eyes"

    Source: "Pearl of Great Price/Jospeh Smith – History/Chapter1/Verse19"

    have a look on the following website: http://lds.org/scriptures/pgp/js-h/1?lang=eng

    My conclusion: Alone this alleged revelation of Joseph Smith is a clear evidence that the Mormons are a evil cult. In contrast to the Mormons, the true Church of Jesus Christ will always relate to the ancient creeds, which were made by the ancient ecu-menical councils of the worldwide Christian Church (mainly Church of Greece, Church of Palestine, Church of Egypt, Church of Syria, Church of Italy; they all belonged to the Eastern Roman Empire Byzantium).

    January 2, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • wrh25

      I'm Mormon and I am Christian. Anyone who tells me I don't believe in Jesus Christ's atonement for my sins and as my supreme Savior and King is wrong and cruelly misinterprets my beliefs. Nothing is more important to me than my relationship with Jesus Christ, born in Bethlehem, crucified for our sins, and resurrected on the third day. My church is NOT called the "Mormon Church" but is "The Church of Jesus Christ". I believe that Jesus Christ lives and I know he will return again. I believe in the Bible and read from the King James Translation daily and have read it cover to cover. I believe in Christ.

      January 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • Rainer Braendlein

      @wrh25

      I have attented the original website of LDS and found that you believe the following:

      You believe that one gets saved by faith in Christ AND by keeping the commandments. That means your salvation depends on a performance, which you cannot deliver.

      The true gospel: We get saved by faith in Christ alone. When we get saved, God doesn't give us merely forgiveness, but also an new life in Christ. A true Christian follows Jesus, not because he wants to get saved by his discipleship, but because he is yet saved. We cannot add on anything to God's grace. God loved us first.

      January 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • Christian

      wrh2 says Jesus was born in Bethlehem, which is correct, but the book of mormon says He was born in Jerusalem. Alma 7:10. There are many Inconsistencies between the bible and the book of mormon. I have talked to mormons who say they have a chance to become a god. Hmmm!

      January 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • Jim C.

      @Christian, can you produce the long-form Birth-certificate?

      January 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  11. Jeanette Herron

    I speak to all of faith and of no faith, when you meet Jesus you will know and believe. Your life on this earth will be unbelievely better. You will see the future for your soul and hope for your children. When you know God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit on a personal level you will believe and be joyful when you parise the Lord for the wonderful life now and everafter. Praise our Lord and Savior.

    January 2, 2012 at 11:36 am |
    • go4it

      "When I know God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit on a personal level" This kind of talk means nothing to the rest of us. How did you achieve this? Are you confusing "knowing" with hope, a word you also used in your post?

      January 2, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • Alex

      Its really not hard to see why people believe in God, but its really easy to see that he doesnt exist.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • David Johnson

      @Jeanette Herron

      The Christian god is very unlikely to exist. Do you have evidence? Or are you simply reading your ambiguous bible and getting all worked up like a child on Christmas Eve?

      Cheers!

      January 2, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • Getting hold of God

      I think Jeanette is quite correct about the importance of a relationship with Jesus. This is where religion and magic diverge: magic is about power; religion is about relationship.
      But establishing a relationship with God can be difficult, for those of us steeped in the sceptical, reductionist, secular culture of the West. Like any relationship, it takes work. You start by engaging your intellect in a serious way, with sober questions like, How did the Universe start, and If we are nothing but randomly generated bags of chemicals, why do we have this overpowering sense that there is something more? You won't get this sort of inquiry on the CNN Belief Blog, alas, which is more like open-mike night at a comedy club in a bad part of town. But there are some good resources out there. Keep the faith.

      January 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  12. Leucadia Bob

    You gotta love bacon!
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E3eY94Gu0k&w=640&h=390]

    January 2, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  13. gary

    Faith? Belief in twisted ancient myths and folklore. The more US politicians pander to believers of ancient myths, the closer we become to being like Iran or any other theocracy ... and the closer we come to oblivion. What happened to knowledge, and intelligence being honored and valued?

    January 2, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • Jim C.

      If your knowledgeable and intelligent you will usually be labeled an elitist.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • jemzinthekop

      See Gary knows what's up.... why can't he run for President? Why does there always have to be someone in charge on the nuclear codes that may believe the earth is 6000 years old and a woman created sin by eating fruit because a talking snake told her to?

      January 2, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  14. lovedbymany

    && here go the Atheists comments...

    January 2, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • gary

      and, the repeated, tired nonsense mantra of those who cling to ancient myths from a stone age land. Believers in a ghost in the sky rather than facts and observations. The torturers of "sinners" and burners of witches. The holy crusaders declaring wars on infidels.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • lovedbymany

      yea yea. blah blah blah. both sides are based on THEORIES & OPINIONS!!!! Nobody can PROVE that either side is right!!! You have your beliefs & I have mine. Whether what I believe in is real or not, it feels good to believe in something that could POSSIBLY be greater than you and I... But again, like I said, NOTHING has ever been a PROVEN FACT that there is or isn't a God....

      January 2, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • jemzinthekop

      Except we see Israel v Palestine, 911, The Crusades, The Spanish Inquisition and every other "faith based" atrocity and then ask if possibly that guy in the bible that lived in a whale is really true... then logical people begin to wonder if all that faith and all that oppression may just be inter-related. Of course the answer is yes and this is why most sane logical people want Religion as far away from people with bomb as possible as you cannot reason with the irrational.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  15. Rainer Braendlein

    @El Flaco

    Being able to live the Christian life depends very much on having the true doctrine.

    I cannot imagine that a Mormon is really able to overcome his personal sinfulness like a true Christian. Regretably, I know no Mormon personally.

    January 2, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • chgn66

      That's funny because just about every mainline Christian I know has some sordid past or is Christian to feel superior, while every Mormon I know is incredibly virtuous and moral.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • Jim C.

      @Rainer, I have always been curious about this, I intend no offense. Christianity has dozens of denominations, thousands of non-denominational branches (each having their own twist), not to mention the other major religions of our day and the thousands in the theocratic graveyard (mythology), how are you certain that you picked the right one? It would be like finding a dollar and buying the winning lottery ticket. Other than the person sitting next to you in the pew, it is a roll of the dice to find someone else with fully compatible views.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • SDFrankie

      The thing is, it's so hard to find the true doctrine. Is it under this shell? Or that one? How about that lovely little shell over there? Darn! They all look so alike! Scary to think eternal damnation waits for me under all of those shells save one. God sure is a funny guy.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • Relictus

      The Mormons that came to my door occasionally do not know their Bible. They are generally ignorant of a lot of Scripture. Their claim to Christianity is heretical, and if there is a God, they will sup with me in Hell.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • Alex

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ggy62PrEiuk&w=640&h=390]

      January 2, 2012 at 12:05 pm |
    • HabTheory

      So by your own admission, you know NO ONE and NOTHING about the Mormon Church, but you feel qualified to judge it.VERY typical of these born-agains ... ignorance and noise. What an ignorant pain you are!

      January 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  16. motar

    "...the greatest agenda stems neither from the donkey nor the elephant but rather from the Lamb."

    January 2, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  17. Alex

    Is the aim of the Evangelicals and the Tea Perty movement to make the United States of America into a theocratic state?

    January 2, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • gary

      Yes. They have said as much. The want to " take over USA for Jesus."

      January 2, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • Jim C.

      As far as I can tell the Tea Party is about 50/50 Libertarians and Evangelicals. The Libertarians would be outraged by a Theocratic state. I believe the Tea Party will fracture if they ever gain any real power, the doctrines are incompatible.

      January 2, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • palintwit

      The evangelicals will see to it that we get more of the baby jesus in our daily lives whether we like it or not. More jesus and more nascar, too. More jesus !!! More nascar !!! Yeeeehhaaawwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!

      January 2, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  18. motar

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    January 2, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  19. Don Camp

    16. There will be increased polarity between conservatives and progressives on social, economic, political, and religious issues. That will result finally in the realization that polarization will destroy us. So there will be an attempt to re-visualize America (already attempted by the OWS movement) . However, nothing new will emerge from the OWS movement or any of the other attempts to find a focus or consensus for constructive change. America will continue to drift.

    17. Christians as a broad group will continue to fragment as more fringe groups find a voice in a spiritually drifting culture. Denominations will continue to have less and less appeal to younger believers. But there will be a renewal of spirituality among both younger and older believers as they realize fragmentation does not honor their commitment to be Jesus followers. These will become the new Christians of the 21st century.

    January 2, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  20. motar

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    Inspired.

    January 2, 2012 at 11:16 am |
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