- - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

(1) China on course to become ‘world’s most Christian nation’ within 15 years (Telegraph)

Officially, the People’s Republic of China is an atheist country but that is changing fast as many of its 1.3 billion citizens seek meaning and spiritual comfort that neither communism nor capitalism seem to have supplied.

Christian congregations in particular have skyrocketed since churches began reopening when Chairman Mao’s death in 1976 signalled the end of the Cultural Revolution.

Less than four decades later, some believe China is now poised to become not just the world’s number one economy but also its most numerous Christian nation.

“By my calculations China is destined to become the largest Christian country in the world very soon,” said Fenggang Yang, a professor of sociology at Purdue University and author of Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule.

(2) Kentucky Noah’s Ark gets tax incentive approval (AP)

A state tourism board this week approved a sales tax rebate incentive worth about $18 million for the 510-foot-long Ark Encounter attraction, tourism spokesman Garry Gupton said.

Kentucky officials in 2014 withdrew the project from the incentive program, which rebates a portion of sales tax collected by a tourist attraction. State officials at the time said the incentive would be funding “religious indoctrination.”

(3) Byron York: In state after state, strong GOP support for Trump’s Muslim proposal

(4) Conservative religious voters perplexed by 2016 presidential campaign (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

“By and large, the conservative-faith vote, for lack of a better category, still favors Cruz, but it’s not overwhelming,” said Paul Kengor, executive director of the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College and author of several books on presidential politics.

Mr. Kengor, like others, speculates that Mr. Trump’s self-described evangelical supporters are those who traditionally have been less engaged in church and political activism. Mr. Kengor regularly attends functions among conservative evangelicals and Catholics, and “I can count on one hand” the Trump supporters.

In fact, when Mr. Trump made his soon-retracted statement favoring penalties for women who have abortions, “he was revealing his ignorance of a group whose vote he’s trying to get,” he said. “That outraged pro-life conservatives” who needed to reassure others that “we don’t support that.”

At Geneva College, a small evangelical school in Beaver Falls, students are paying close attention to the campaign and trying their best not to be jaded.

“This whole election has been a little weird, because a lot of people I supported dropped out,” said Wes Thompson in a group interview with several soon-to-graduate seniors at the campus dining hall.

“I was a Rubio fan. I liked Ben Carson a lot. It’s sad to say that toward the national election, I might wind up choosing who’s going to harm us the least,” he lamented.

He would like to see a candidate with the “attitude of a servant,” but he and his classmates agreed the closest fit to that description is Bernie Sanders, whose socialist economic views they can’t support.

None of those gathered at the table were Trump supporters.

(5) Will Ferrell to Play Ronald Reagan in New Movie 

***We can only hope that Ferrell brings a lot of cowbell to the role of the Gipper.


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