Roundup: God in America, Occupy and religion, biofuel and hunger, persecution, dialogue, Egypt
God is alive and well in America, says Gallup chief
Despite a deep drop in the number of Americans who identify with a particular faith, the country could be on the cusp of a religious renaissance, says Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of The Gallup Poll.
Power or glory?
Religion itself needs redemption. In the Occupy movement, its potent ideals and traditions of resistance are resurrected.
As biofuel demand grows, so do Guatemala’s hunger pangs
Recent laws in the United States and Europe that mandate the increasing use of biofuel in cars have had far-flung ripple effects, economists say, as land once devoted to growing food for humans is now sometimes more profitably used for churning out vehicle fuel.
Africa rises, China falls on Christian persecution list
The persecution of Christians “vastly rose” in 2012 as radical Islamists consolidated power in Africa, according to Open Doors, a Christian missionary organisation which publishes an annual list of offending nations.
Complexities of current Jewish-Christian dialogue highlighted
Core religious issues of Jewish-Christian relations intertwine with complex current political realities, says Dr Clare Amos, program coordinator for inter-religious dialogue and cooperation at the World Council of Churches.
Egypt’s Christians worried by Islamists’ rise
Egypt’s Christians were worried about their safety on Monday as they marked the first Christmas under Islamist rule, with Coptic Pope Tawadros II urging worshipers “not to be afraid” and some complaining that their lives had gone from bad to worse in the nearly two years since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak.