Website of the Week: Barna Reveals Top Trends for 2011

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At the beginning of each year we tend to look backwards to gain perspective on the past year's events and trends.  Barna Research Group has just posted their top six trends from 2011

  • Changing Role of Christianity
  • Downsized American Dreams
  • Millennials Rethink Christianity 
  • The Digital Family
  • Maximizing Spiritual Change 
  • Women Making it Alone
These would all make interesting topics for research papers!

First Five Dead Sea Scrolls Now Online

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The Israel Museum has just announced that the first five scrolls of the Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project are now available in an amazing digitized collection.  This project allows "users to examine and explore these most ancient manuscripts from Second Temple times at a level of detail never before possible. Developed in partnership with Google, the new website gives users access to searchable, fast-loading, high-resolution images of the scrolls, as well as short explanatory videos and background information on the texts and their history."

The five Dead Sea Scrolls available include the Great Isaiah Scroll, the Community Rule Scroll, the Commentary on Habakkuk Scroll, the Temple Scroll, and the War Scroll.

Five Myths about Emerging Adult Faith

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New research on 20-somethings gets past the hype and offers a reason to hope, reports Colin Hansen in an article in Leadership  The National Study of Youth and Religion has examined many aspects of the developing lives of emerging adults including (amoung other topics) their religious beliefs, practices, and salience. 

"The National Study of Youth and Religion provides us with a treasure trove of valuable information based on interviews with thousands of emerging American adults."

This research has been evaluated and is available in the 2005 book: Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers by Christian Smith with Melinda Lundquist Denton.

Fewer Christians identify meaning of Easter, Barna Report says

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The Barna Group has just published a new report, "Most Americans Consider Easter a Religious Holiday, But Fewer Correctly Identify its Meaning."  Of the adults polled, 67% consider Easter a religious holiday, while 42% tie the holiday with Jesus' resurrection. 

For the group Barna identifies as Mosaics (18-25), 58% consider Easter to be religous, while just 37% tie it with the resurrection of Jesus, which shows "the increasingly secular mindset of young adults."



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