Tuesday, 16 April 2013

The Bible breaks DVD records

Also in this week's news roundup, religious observance prevents depression, while religious schools outperform secular rivals. 

by A. Tayyaba

The Bible DVD breaks records

The History Channel's highly acclaimed miniseries, The Bible, has broken all records for its first week of sales, having been released on DVD. The miniseries became the most-watched telecast of 2013 in early March, and its widespread popularity made the History Channel the most popular cable television network for March. Over half a million copies have been sold of its DVD since its release.

Buddhists in Colombo, Sri Lanka spread Muslim hate
A US ambassador to Sri Lanka has expressed concern over the increase in discrimination against the minority Muslim population (9%) by the majority Sinhalese Buddhists (75%), who are said to be spreading rumours that Muslims are dominating businesses, increasing their birth rate and secretly sterilising the Sinhalese Buddhists. Hate speeches against and even attacks on Muslim owned businesses by Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist groups have occurred.

Surprise 150th anniversary for Seventh Day Adventist Church
Adventism is a church founded on the 'Great Disappointment' of 1844, when the second coming of Jesus was expected by 50,000 people, even driving some of them insane. Today, Adventism is one of the fastest growing Christian denominations, particularly in Latin America and Africa. "We’re a church that by its name believes in the second coming of Christ, and we have been hopeful that long ago Christ would have come and taken the righteous to heaven and this world would have ended," said one of the Church Conference vice presidents. Happy surprise birthday!

Religious observation prevents depression
The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry has published research that tracked 12000 Canadians for 14 years showing that those that worshiped once a month were 22% less likely to suffer depression. The results suggest a protective effect of religious worship, vital evidence in the current ideological battlefield between theists and atheists. The researchers at the University of Saskatchewan controlled for other factors such as social support, age, income, marital status, medical history and education.

In other good news for those who are religious, a professor of education at California State University has found that religious school students were a full year ahead of students who attend public and charter schools. In this study factors such as parental involvement, socioeconomic status, gender and race were also controlled for. Once these were factored in, there was still a 7/8 month achievement gap between students at religious and public or charter schools. @TayyabaNoor02


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