Friday, January 1, 2010

Faith story of decade: Chinese Christians? Islam's impact?

From USA Today-

Religious and secular media are all mulling the major religion stories of the decade. But I'm also fascinated by what other's have noticed, particularly one item at Christian Today that listed the growth of Christianity in China. (Note, I also participated in that story by Ruth Moon)

Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief, WORLD Magazine tells CT:

The huge surge of Christianity in China is a major development that several decades down the road could make the difference between peace and war. If Christianity continues to grow in China, I think relations between the U.S. and China will develop very well. If Christianity sputters out there, we're probably looking at a military confrontation of some kind. The hopes for world peace depend on what happens in China.

Also listed -- the rise of spiritual individualism; the impact of Islam as a global cultural and political force; angst and confusion among evangelicals and more.

With my story on top religion news in 2009 we asked you to vote for your pick of the top newsmakers. By mid-afternoon, Rick Warren (35%) was leading Pope Benedict XVI (31%) with President Obama (21%); running third and Catholic Bishop leader Cardinal Francis George and Anglican traditionalists leader Archbishop Robert Duncan essentially out of the running.

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