Irrelevant or Stagnant? Conflicting Views About Religion

Although nearly 1 in 4 Americans say they are not affiliated with any religion, a recently departed – and raunchy – pop star was a conservative Christian.

Does religion that doesn’t change with the times lose its meaning?

Below is a roundup of recent news articles about religion. Please share your views in the comments section below the summaries.

Is Religion Becoming Irrelevant?

“Religion is rapidly becoming less important than it’s ever been, even to people who live in countries where faith has affected everything from rulers to borders to architecture,” writes Gabe Bullard, in National Geographic.

How will the rise in atheism and agnosticism change the way nations govern and families rear their children?

To learn more about where religion is growing strong or becoming obsolete, read Bullard’s article here:

Prince and the Playlist

You can’t always tell a Christian by his song lyrics. Newspapers won’t print the words to some of Prince’s songs, but the Washington Post revealed that some of the pop icon’s music was included on the playlists for U.S. visits by Popes Francis and Benedict.

Did Prince’s music align with or oppose his conservative views, which purportedly included opposition to gay marriage?

Living God but Dead Scriptures?

If we believe God exists, can we rationally believe that holy books do not evolve?

Omar Naseef, a blogger for Huffington Religion, questions the validity of asserting that texts written more than 1,000 years ago represent the “last word” of God.

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