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World Vision has formally reversed its two-day-old decision to drop a hiring ban on employees in same-sex marriages. In a statement, the company's president Richard Stearns said:

The board acknowledged they made a mistake and chose to revert to our longstanding conduct policy requiring sexual abstinence for all single employees and faithfulness within the Biblical covenant of marriage between a man and a woman ...In our board's effort to unite around the church's shared mission to serve the poor in the name of Christ, we failed to be consistent with World Vision U.S.'s commitment to the traditional understanding of Biblical marriage and our own Statement of Faith, which says, "We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God." And we also failed to seek enough counsel from our own Christian partners. As a result, we made a change to our conduct policy that was not consistent with our Statement of Faith and our commitment to the sanctity of marriage.

The decision—which Stearns announced on Monday—has been the source of heated controversy ... Discuss

 
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Well, this comes as a little surprise. A recent, lengthy study says that when Americans read the Bible, 55 percent of them are reading ye olde King James Version—dwarfing the percentages of those who read the New International Version (19 percent) and far outpacing the numbers of other versions. The study is coming as a shock to booksellers, who had long considered the NIV the most popular Bible out there. In terms of sales figures, they're right. But when it comes to actually reading the Bible, the KJV is the hands down winner. That's all according to the study, which was done by Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (some research studies should consider studying ways to cut down on the length of their names) ... Discuss

 

New research seems to indicate that Americans are becoming less religious. Twenty-one percent of respondents to a recent NBC and Wall Street Journal poll said that religion is “not that important” to their lives. According to NBC News, that’s the highest percentage of people who have expressed that opinion since the poll began being regularly conducted in 1997. So, what group is the least interested in faith? "The poll showed that these less religious Americans are more likely to be men, have an income over $75,000, to live in the Northeast or West and to be under the age of 35.” As the Huffington Post notes, the findings echo the results of a Harris Poll from last year that found just 74 percent of Americans still believed in God. That number has fallen by 8 percent since 2009 ... Discuss

 

Another study has been released showing the rise of what's being called "the nones," the group of Americans who do not identify with any religious category. In fact, the Public Religion Research Institute's most recent study claims that twenty-one percent of Americans identify as "nones." The study's margin for error doesn't allow for any huge proclamations yet, but as PRRI's CEO Robert Jones says, "Nones are dancing on the razor's edge of leading."

This isn't quite as godless as it looks at first blush. A 2012 study says that atheists and agnostics only make up about thirty-six percent of the nones, while thirty-nine percent just say that they're "not religious." But there has been a recent surge in what are being called "unattached believers," who make up about twenty-three percent of Nones; they say that they believe in God, but don't identify with a particular religious brand ... Discuss