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[04.30.08] A new poll shows that Americans are more prayerful and biblically literate than citizens of other Christian-populated European nations reported Reuters.
Two-thirds of American respondents said they had read from the Bible over the last 12 months while only 20 percent to 38 percent of Poll: Two-thirds of American respondents said they had read the Bible over the last 12 months while only 20 to 38 percent of European participants said they'd read the Bible in the last year. s from the other eight countries—Britain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Russia, Italy, Spain and Poland—reported reading the Bible over the last year.
According to the study, conducted by GFK Eurisko research group for the Catholic Biblical Federation, nearly all Americans (93 percent) said they had a Bible at home, compared to the French who were the least likely to have a Bible at home (48 percent).
Reuters reports that Americans also prayed far more than members in other countries. Most Americans prayed (87 percent), while the French prayed the least (49 percent).
Shi Weihan, a 37-year-old father of two, was re-arrested March 19 and has been held without any family visits allowed, according to his wife, Zhang Jing. Shi was first arrested on Nov. 28, 2007, and held until Jan. 4.
His wife said she had received no word on her husband's condition, and had been prohibited from bringing him any food or change of clothing since his re-arrest. Zhang said she was "very concerned" about her husband's health, because he has diabetes.
According to Compass News, the arrest of Shi appears to be part of a crackdown on religious groups that the government fears could raise dissident voices during the Olympic Games set to begin in August.
Box office numbers continued to be strong for Expelled despite the criticisms. The film, which has tapped into the Christian retail channel for promotions, finished at No. 13 in its second weekend, taking in more than $1.3 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. It has brought in a total of $5.28 million so far.
Hall's participation on the multi-artist worship project Glory Revealed brought him individual honors for Special Event Album of the Year as well as Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year for "By His Wounds," the Associated Press (AP) reported.
Casting Crowns also had four nominations and won three: Group of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year for The Altar and the Door and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year for "East to West."
"I'm so thankful just to get to be part of the songs," said Hall, who led all nominees with six nominations.
TobyMac won Artist of the Year and took home Doves for Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year for Portable Sounds and short-form video for "Boomin."
"Are you kidding? This is crazy, man. I thought I was Mr. Pre-Televised awards," joked TobyMac, who also won Artist of the Year in 1996 as a member of dc Talk, the AP reported. "God has been faithful time and again to surround me with people that sharpen me and that make me better."
For the third consecutive time, Chris Tomlin won Male Vocalist of the Year and Natalie Grant was awarded Female Vocalist of the Year. Brandon Heath won New Artist of the Year, while Cindy Morgan nabbed the Songwriter of the Year award-her eighth Dove trophy.
The Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year award went to Israel & New Breed for A Deeper Level, while Ricky Skaggs and The Whites collected Bluegrass Album of the Year for Salt of the Earth.
The evening's performers included American Idol alum Phil Stacey, Chris Sligh and Mandisa with Amy Grant in a musical tribute to Michael W. Smith, the AP reported. Switchfoot played "This Is Home," a song from the soundtrack of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, scheduled to open in theaters May 16.
Closing out GMA Music Week, the awards, held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, was broadcast live for the first time on XM Satellite radio and on the Gospel Music Channel.--Eric Tiansey
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Zhou Heng was recuperating at home after a court determined on Feb. 19 that there was not sufficient evidence of wrongdoing. Heng is also the manager of Yayi Christian Book Room, a registered bookstore that sells Christian-related books published legally inside China. His bookstore was shut down after his Aug. 31 arrest for possession of 5,184 copies of illegally published Bibles.
The Bibles were reportedly donated by South Korean churches and were intended for local believers. However, the Chinese government only allows officially sanctioned churches to print and distribute a limited number of Bibles each year.
If convicted of the charges, Heng would have received a 15-year prison sentence. According to CAA, Heng has been beaten in prison severely by other inmates and prison guards.
In a letter obtained by CAA, Heng said he wanted to thank "all sisters, brothers, and friends in China, America, Europe and all around the world ... for the care and prayers for me during the time I was arrested and put into prison."
Premise Media Corporation-the film producers-hired Motive Entertainment, which handled much of the grass-roots marketing of Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ, to reach out to faith-based communities.
Hosted and co-written by comedian, economist and author Ben Stein, Expelled-which generated media attention for its controversial topic-received mixed reviews.
"Expelled... fared better than prerelease tracking had signaled," The Los Angeles Times observed. "Its opening was robust for a documentary, though it was far from the Michael Moore-type blockbuster the producers had been hoping for. ... But it could dwarf forecasts with even a fraction of the faith-based crowd that turned The Passion of The Christ into a cultural phenomenon in 2004."
With production and marketing budgets in the single-digit millions, Expelled had the widest documentary release ever, the Times reported.
Gary Weyel, marketing and communications strategist for The Parable Group, told Christian Retailing that Parable “has been working with our stores to help promote the film.”
Motive Entertainment sent all 190 Parable stores resource materials designed for students, teachers, pastors, youth leaders and organizations to help build awareness, said Weyel, noting that the resource kits included a leader's guide, poster, flier and video trailer.
"By providing some simple tools to help stores reach out to their community, we hope to both promote the film and provide a link to the local store for any related product sales in the future," he said.--Eric Tiansay
"While the Bible is No. 1 among each of the different demographic groups, there is a large difference in the No. 2 favorite book," Harris said in a statement announcing the results.
Men chose J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and women selected Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind as their second-favorite book, according to the online poll. But the second choice for 18- to 31-year-olds was J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series, while 32- to 43-year-olds named Stephen King's The Stand and Dan Brown's Angels & Demons.
Picks for second-favorite book also varied according to region. Gone With the Wind was No. 2 in the Southern and Midwestern states, while easterners chose The Lord of the Rings and westerners opted for The Stand, Reuters reported.
Starring comedian, economist and author Ben Stein, the documentary explores what filmmakers say is discrimination within the academic community against educators and scientists who question evolutionary theories on the origins of life. The film cites several examples.
At George Mason University, biology professor Caroline Crocker said she was forced out for briefly discussing problems with Darwinian theory in her class and for telling students that some scientists believe there is evidence of intelligent design in the cosmos. Astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez was denied tenure at Iowa State University for his affiliation with the intelligent design movement.
"Scientists are supposed to be allowed to follow the evidence wherever it may lead, no matter what the implications are," Stein said in a news release. "Freedom of inquiry has been greatly compromised, and this is not only anti-American, it's anti-science. It's anti- the whole concept of learning."
Produced by Premise Media, the documentary was culled from interviews with more than 150 scientists including both intelligent design supporters such as renowned microbiologist David Berlinski and William Dembski, author of Design of Life, as well as evolution advocates such as biologist Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion, and Eugenie Scott, head of the National Center for Science Education.
Last fall, Dawkins and other scientists interviewed for Expelled, including biologist PZ Myers, claimed they were misled about the purpose of the documentary. The film was originally titled Crossroads: The Intersection of Science and Religion, which interviewees were told would examine "the disconnect/controversy that exists in America between Evolution, Creationism and the Intelligent Design movement," according to a letter Myers posted online.
"At no time was I given the slightest clue that these people were a creationist front," Dawkins told The Guardian newspaper.
However, Premise Media co-founder Logan Craft said his company never misrepresented its intentions. "When they heard that it wasn't necessarily pro-Darwinian, that's when they decided to make these attacks," he said. "They all signed releases. They were all paid for their interviews. I think those charges were vacuous."
Expelled has been shown to Christian leaders nationwide in hopes of creating grass-roots support for the documentary. Churches are being encouraged to buy out local theaters when the film opens and use resources posted at GetExpelled.com to further the debate about intelligent design.
"Expelled is a must-see film," said LIFE Today host James Robison. "Any thoughtful Christian will appreciate the questions asked by the film and find inspiration in the answers that point to the truth."
But more than advocating for intelligent design, Premise Media CEO Walt Ruloff said he hopes the film will promote greater academic freedom for scientists. In cooperation with the Discovery Institute, an intelligent design think tank, Premise developed a petition posted at academicfreedompetition.com supporting scientists' right to research alternative scientific theories.
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He said the encounter wrecked his plans. Bentley cancelled his global itinerary and extended the meetings at Stephen Strader’s Ignited Church to daily daylong events. He said the meetings would continue at least through the end of April. —Paul Steven Ghiringhelli in Lakeland, Fla.
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