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Religion In The News More Americans Want Religious Influence In Politics

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Even though 72% of Americans say religion is losing influence in public life, a growing percentage say they want more of it in their politics.

A recent survey found that since the 2010 elections, the percentage of Americans who say churches and other houses of worship should express their views on political and social issues has climbed six points, from 43% to 49%.

Additionally, there has been a four-point jump in the number of people who say there is too little expression of religious faith and prayer from politicians, from 37% to 41%.

Unsurprisingly, the support for more involvement in politics comes from people who identify with a religion. People who are not affiliated with any religion are more likely to want politics and public life separate.

Source: CBS News, summarized by Pastor Rick

Ask Pastor Rick

What did Martin Luther say in his 95 Theses paper that caused the Reformation?

First, it isn't historically accurate to say that Luther's 95 Theses "caused the Reformation." When written, it was an invitation for a debate among academics about indulgences. The official title of his document was: "Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences." The debate never took place because the document was translated from Latin to German, and when widely distributed, it caused an uproar.

I think the best we can say about his 95 Theses is that it questioned many practices, in medieval Christianity and knocked down some of the pillars that supported them.

Rick Hill is the Senior Pastor at Hillside Church on 3rd and C Streets in Julian, CA. Direct all questions and correspondence to: or Hillside Church, Religion In The News, Box 973, Julian, CA, 92036. (Opinions in this column do not necessarily express the views of Julian News, its editor, or employees.)

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Original Publication Date: October 8, 2014

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