WEEK IN RELIGION
Actor John Travolta broke his silence earlier this month on “Going Clear,” an HBO documentary about Scientology. Travolta, who has been a Scientologist since the 1970s, defended his religion in an interview with The Tampa Bay Times, saying he didn’t plan on seeing Alex Gibney’s film, which alleges that Travolta and other Scientologists are being blackmailed by the organization.
A new poll conducted by WIN/Gallup International reveals the world’s most and least religious places. According to the poll, which surveyed nearly 64,000 people from all over the world, China is the world’s least-religious country, while Thailand is the world’s most-religious country. Sixty-one percent of Chinese citizens are atheists, while 94 percent of Thai citizens self-identify as being religious.
‘The Spiritual Child’ by Lisa J. Miller
In “The Spiritual Child,” psychologist Lisa Miller presents the next big idea in psychology: the science and the power of spirituality. Combining cutting-edge research with broad anecdotal evidence from her work as a clinical psychologist to illustrate just how invaluable spirituality is to a child’s mental and physical health, Miller translates these findings into practical advice for parents, giving them concrete ways to develop and encourage their children’s well-being.
— St. Martin’s Press
liturgical vestments: Special garments that a priest, minister, deacon or other clergy wears in worship. Liturgical vestments are especially characteristic of the liturgical churches, such as the Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Anglican. In some traditions, the colors of vestments change with the seasons of the church year.
RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD
According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of South Africa is:
• Protestant: 36.6 percent
• Catholic: 7.1 percent
• Muslim: 1.5 percent
• Other Christian: 36 percent
• Other: 2.3 percent
• Unspecified: 1.4 percent
• None: 15.1 percent
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WEEK IN RELIGION