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American Bapist Minister Targeted Under New Anti-Evangelism Law in Russian

An American man is among the first group of people to be targeted under new anti-evangelism laws in Russia.

John 6:29

“Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.””

Why America’s ‘nones’ left religion behind

Michael Lipka (“Pew Research Center,” August 24, 2016)
Perhaps the most striking trend in American religion in recent years has been the growing percentage of adults who do not identify with a religious group. And the vast majority of these religious “nones” (78%) say they were raised as a member of a particular religion before shedding their religious identity in adulthood.

How Pentecostalism Replaced Anglicanism as the ‘New Normal’ in Sydney

Paul Oslington (“Australian Broadcasting Company,” August 26, 2016)
According to the latest National Church Life Survey, the Pentecostals have overtaken Anglicans as Australia’s second largest religious group by attendance, behind the Catholic Church.

Some Anglicans are even more surprised that the Pentecostals have not just overtaken them numerically but also in educational attainment (measured by proportion of degree holders among attendees).

Outside Paris, a clinic aims to tackle an age-old practice

Elizabeth Bryant (“RNS,” August 25, 2016)
St.-Denis, France – Miriam clearly remembers the day she was cut, bundled by two village women into a bathroom at the age of 7, where a third performed the procedure. “It was very, very painful,” the young Malian woman says softly, as her two tiny children pinch her cheeks, crying for attention.

She still gets bouts of pain, especially during sex.

Ex-FLDS members seek to keep lawsuit alive against Warren Jeffs’ former law firm

Ben Winslow (“Fox 13,” August 25, 2016)
SALT LAKE CITY — A group of former members of the Fundamentalist LDS Church have asked a federal judge to reject requests to dismiss a lawsuit leveled against polygamist leader Warren Jeffs and his former law firm.

In a filing in U.S.

Britain Moves to Separate Radicalized Inmates From Other Prisoners

Kimiko De Freytas-Tamura (“The New York Times,” August 22, 2016)
London — Convicts in British prisons who preach terrorism and extreme ideology to fellow inmates will be held in high-security “specialist units,” the government announced on Monday, amid efforts to crack down on Islamic radicalization in jails.

The announcement reflects an emerging trend in Europe to isolate terrorism convicts and influential extremists from the rest of the prison population.

The Future of the Mormon Church? It’s Latino

Raul A. Reyes (“NBC News,” August 22, 2016)
The face of the Mormon church is changing.

On a soggy afternoon in Harlem, in New York City, a group of Latinos gather for their weekly church service. As the rain streams down outside, the mood inside the meeting house is cozy and welcoming. An elderly woman waves to a little girl seated nearby, saying “Hola chiquitita!

Did religion save this Guatemalan town?

Amy Bracken (“PRI,” August 26, 2016)
In seeking the evangelical vote, Donald Trump has been shunned by many a pastor put off by his behavior and values.

He has gotten support, though, among some evangelical adherents of the Prosperity Gospel, who believe that faith can bring material reward.

It’s a controversial idea, but one that’s popular in certain parts of the world. Like Guatemala.

Many Americans are wary of using gene editing for human enhancement

David Masci (“Pew Research Center,” August 26, 2016)
The widespread use of gene editing is rapidly becoming a present-day reality. Thanks to a new method called CRISPR, what once was an esoteric and unwieldly technology has, in just the last few years, become cheaper and more effective.