Archive for August 21st, 2011
I received this email from a friend today:
I was bicycling along today when a car came at me around a corner, veering into my lane way too fast. As he passed I yelled “Slow the fuck down.”
The guy stopped and got out of his car, so I turned around and went back to him. Instead of apologizing he said, “You shouldn’t speak that way and you need to go to church. God will punish you for that language.”
Here’s what makes me a believer. Obviously God sent me a warning for my foul language, in the form of a car almost hitting me. But this was BEFORE I swore at the guy. Obviously God knew ahead of time that I was going to swear at the guy. Truly amazing. I’m even going to join the Tea Party.
A new study shows those who have completed the least amount of formal education are increasingly skipping church, as reported by MSNBC:
In the last four decades, monthly (or more) participation in religious services dropped from 50 percent of moderately educated (high school and perhaps some college) whites to 37 percent, according to the study, “No Money, No Honey, No Church: The Deinstitutionalization of Religious Life Among the White Working Class.” Attendance by the least educated (high school dropouts) dropped from 38 percent to 23 percent, by sociologists Wilcox, of the University of Virginia and Andrew Cherlin of Johns Hopkins University found. Church attendance by higher-income whites with at least a bachelor’s degree barely dipped, from 50 percent to 46 percent.
The Atlantic offers this graphic to demonstrate the degree to which schools are now using the Internet to provide education.
Speaking of which, have you heard about Khan Academy, an extensive (more than 2,200) free set of educational videos? Check out this TED video featuring founder Soloman Khan: