WEEK IN RELIGION
The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney has recently written letters to numerous Australian companies that expressed support for same-sex marriage in newspaper ads. In a letter to Steve Walsh, chairman of law firm Maurice Blackman, the archdiocese’s business manager, Michael Digges, expressed “grave concern” over the firm’s position. Digges also allegedly tried to remind the companies of the “purchasing power” of Catholic Australians.
According to a recent Gallup poll, support for nontraditional candidates varies by religion. For example, 74 percent of all American adults said they would consider voting for a gay candidate. Meanwhile, only 62 percent of Protestant adults said they would vote for a gay candidate, as opposed to 82 percent of American Catholics. (Ninety-two percent of the religiously unaffiliated would consider voting for an gay candidate.)
‘A Force for Good,’ by Daniel Goleman
For more than half a century, in such books as “The Art of Happiness” and “The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Inner Peace,” the Dalai Lama has guided us along the path to compassion and taught us how to improve our inner lives. In “A Force for Good,” with the help of his longtime friend Daniel Goleman, the New York Times bestselling author of “Emotional Intelligence,” the Dalai Lama explains how to turn our compassionate energy outward. This revelatory and inspiring work provides a singular vision for transforming the world in practical and positive ways.
Great Awakening: A period of sweeping religious fervor, revival and renewal that has occurred three times in U.S. history, leading to social and political as well as religious change. The first Great Awakening occurred with religious revivals in the American colonies in the early 1700s. The second is generally defined as occurring in the early- to mid-1800s, and the third at the turn of the 20th century.
RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD
According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Chad is:
• Muslim: 53.1 percent
• Catholic: 20.1 percent
• Protestant: 14.2 percent
• Animist: 7.3 percent
• Other: 0.5 percent
• Unknown: 1.7 percent
• Atheist: 3.1 percent
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Religion News: Archdiocese writes letters in protest over gay marriage
WEEK IN RELIGION