Week in Religion
Young children raised and/or educated in a religious environment had a more difficult time distinguishing fact and fiction, according to a study published in the journal Cognitive Science. This was true not only in religious fiction, but also in stories such as fairy tales and biographies.
In the study, 5- and 6-year-old children were told three different types of stories and then asked questions about the main character. In realistic stories, those that included only common events, all children were equally likely to rate the main character as being a real person. But in fictional religious and fantastical stories, children who regularly attend church or were enrolled in a parochial school were more likely to rate the main character as a real person than were secular children.
“If Nuns Ruled the World: Ten Sisters on a Mission,” by Jo Piazza
Veteran reporter Jo Piazza profiles 10 extraordinary nuns and the causes to which they have dedicated their lives — from an 83-year-old Ironman champion to a sassy campaigner for equal wealth distribution. During a time when American nuns are under attack from the very institution to which they pledge, these sisters offer inspiring, provocative counterstories that are sure to spark debate.
Mennonite: A religious group tracing their origins to the Swiss Anabaptist movement of the 16th century. Today, there are several kinds of Mennonite communities in North America. Old Order Mennonites are quite similar to the Amish in dress and rejection of modern conveniences, but many other Mennonites wear contemporary clothing, live in urban communities and are distinguished chiefly by a commitment to social justice and a refusal to salute the flag, which they regard as idolatrous.
Religion Around the World
According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Mexico is:
- Roman Catholic, 82.7 percent
- Evangelical Christian (various denominations), 5 percent
- Pentecostal, 1.6 percent
- Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1.4 percent
- Other, 1.9 percent
- None, 4.7 percent
- Unspecified, 2.7 percent
Religion News: Religious upbringing affects children’s acceptance of supernatural tales
Week in Religion