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Younger generations trending less religious

February 28, 2010 --

Millennial Generation Less Religiously Active than Older Americans
— But Pew Forum Finds Young Adults To Be Fairly Traditional in Some Other Ways
By Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

Percent unaffiliated with religion by generation

Washington, D.C. – By some key measures, Americans ages 18 to 29 are considerably less religious than older Americans, according to a new report released by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. Fully one-in-four are unaffiliated with any particular faith. The report is part of a Pew Research Center series exploring the behaviors, values and opinions of the teens and 20-somethings that make up the Millennial Generation.

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Faith-Family Film Review: Shutter Island

February 27, 2010 --

Faith-Family Film Review: Shutter Island
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting

Shutter Island—Prolix psychological thriller set in 1954 follows a U.S. marshal (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner (Mark Ruffalo) to a storm-swept island in Boston Harbor on which an asylum for the criminally insane becomes the venue for elaborately staged hysterics borne of trauma and guilt. Adapted from a Dennis Lehane novel, the picture amounts to a genre exercise for director Martin Scorsese, and affords DiCaprio and other respectable actors the chance to declaim excessively coarse dialogue in service of an overblown mystery. Pervasive rough, crude and crass language; frequent profanity; a number of sexual references and discussions of violent acts; many potentially disturbing images of corpses in a concentration camp setting and in connection with an act of infanticide; a number of fairly graphic episodes of gun violence; and an instance of partially obscured frontal male nudity.  O — morally offensive. (R) 2010
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Oregon relief group on TV on Haiti tragedy

February 26, 2010 --

Watch this video on Oregon-based yet worldwide impact efforts of NW Medical Teams,

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Faith-Family Film Review: The Crazies

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Faith-Family Film Review: The Crazies
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting

The Crazies—A small-town sheriff (Timothy Olyphant), his deputy (Joe Anderson), the sheriff’s doctor wife (Radha Mitchell) and her office assistant (Danielle Panabaker) fend off their neighbors who have been transformed into homicidal maniacs by an environmental accident affecting the local water supply while also struggling to evade capture by Army troops bent on quelling the outbreak at any cost. A potentially thought-provoking parable about ecological irresponsibility and military excess in an emergency is lost amid the bloodletting in director Breck Eisner’s relatively lavish updating of George A. Romero’s low-budget 1973 horror exercise. Excessive gory violence, some gruesome images, at least a half-dozen uses of profanity, pervasive rough and much crude language.  O — morally offensive. (R) 2010
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Motorsports missionaries to compete in Indy 500

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Kingdom Racing announced today that driver Davey Hamilton will race in three IZOD IndyCar races in 2010.

Hamilton and Kingdom Racing have agreed with Luzco Dragon Racing to enter the Indianapolis 500, the Bombardier Learjet 550 at Texas Motor Speedway and another oval race.  “We are really pleased to be with Davey for a third consecutive Indianapolis 500, especially with a first class caliber team that is Luzco Dragon Racing,” founder George Del Canto said. “I am really looking forward to the opportunity to work with the Luzco Dragon team,” Hamilton said.

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Obama-Dalai Lama meeting pleases critics

February 25, 2010 --

By Adelle M. Banks
Religion News Service

WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama met with the Dalai Lama on Thursday (Feb. 18), four months after critics questioned his commitment to human rights when Obama declined a one-on-one meeting with the exiled leader of Tibetan Buddhism.  Religious freedom advocates hailed the meeting, however late, but remained cautious about whether the private talk will result in substantive outcomes, either on Tibet or larger religious-freedom issues.

“It’s the right thing to do,” said Thomas Farr, the former director of the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom, who blasted Obama last October for bypassing the Dalai Lama because of an upcoming summit in Beijing. “Even if you do the right thing late, it’s important that you do it and that he’s withstanding the inevitable complaints of the Chinese.”

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NW Dad-Daughter event brings tears, reconciliation

February 23, 2010 --

Seattle Father-Daughter Summit Brings Tears and Reconciliation
By BetterDads.Net, Oregon

My 21-year-old daughter, Kelsey, and I had the privilege of speaking together at the Third Annual Seattle Father-Daughter Summit this past weekend. It was a powerful event that was attended by about 60 pairs of fathers and daughters with ages ranging from 11-25 years old. The Summit was an all day event sponsored by several fathering and family ministries. The program consisted of seven sessions working with fathers and daughters together, fathers alone, and daughters alone by age group. Each session was designed to build upon the previous ones and included letter writing, trust building exercises, and father-daughter dialogues. But at least one girl was changed more than she bargained for.

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Catholic Media group honors Hurt Locker, Glee

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Catholics in Media Associates (CIMA) 17th Annual Awards honor ‘The Hurt Locker’ and Fox Television’s ‘Glee’

(Los Angeles, Calif.)—The Catholics in Media Associates (CIMA) 17th Annual Mass and Awards Brunch on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, will honor “The Hurt Locker” and Fox Television’s “Glee,” with film reviewer and veteran Venice Film Festival jury member Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP to receive the CIMA 2010 Board of Directors Award. The celebration at the Crystal Ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA, will begin with a 10 a.m. Mass, presided over by His Eminence, Cardinal Roger Mahony, with a brunch and awards ceremony to follow, announced CIMA President Jane Abbott. Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe-winning actress Samantha Eggar (“The Collector”) will host.

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Book: New theology of evolution

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Author argues for a new theology of evolution in his latest book

BOOK REVIEW: Darwin’s theory of evolution is a “cold bath” for theology. It is a stimulus to Christian theologians to think bold and enlivening new thoughts about God. While evolutionary atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Jerry Coyne claim that Darwin’s science has destroyed any basis for religion, and especially Christian faith, John F. Haught argues that evolutionary science and a robust faith in God are not mutually exclusive, but, in fact, go quite well together. In Making Sense of Evolution: Darwin, God, and the Drama of Life, just published from Westminster John Knox Press, Haught suggests evolution makes sense both scientifically and theologically when we connect the idea of God to the drama of life rather than to the question of whether life is intelligently “designed.” At the same time, he demonstrates that only after evolutionists such as Dawkins, Dennett, and Coyne “realize that Darwinian science has no business in answering ultimate questions will biology be fully liberated from the clutches of theology (p. 20).”

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OSU debates God with two philosophers

February 22, 2010 --

Two Philosophers Debate the Existence of God A Socratic Club debate
By OSU Socratic Club

The OSU Socratic Club will sponsor a public dialogue entitled, “Two Philosophers Debate the Existence of God,” on Monday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus.  William Lane Craig will argue for the Christian view that a personal God exists and Victor J. Stenger the atheist position that there is no God.

Is God the greatest fact or the greatest illusion?  Of all the questions posed by philosophy this is surely the most important.  Has scientific knowledge made belief in God unnecessary and outdated?  Is the universe all there is and God merely a human invention and a fantasy?  Or is there an uncreated being, who is absolute, perfect, eternal, and personal that we call God?  These issues will be addressed by two distinguished philosophers who will offer widely differing points of view.

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