Religion en 5.14.14: The Internet Is Not Killing Religion, Years As Celebrities, And Female Viagra <p>Over the past 25 years, the percentage of people with no religious affiliation has more than doubled, at the same time, the internet has been widely embraced. Coincidence? Today on Word of Mouth: does the internet spell the fall of religion? Or is it more of a correlation than a cause? Plus, we peruse the new release section of the bookstore and notice a trend, C<em>atastrophe 1914</em>, <em>1914: History in an Hour</em>, <em>1914: Fight the Good Fight.</em> A look into the downside of treating years as celebrities.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 17:55:55 +0000 Word of Mouth 48483 at 5.14.14: The Internet Is Not Killing Religion, Years As Celebrities, And Female Viagra From The Archives: The Shakers <p>I was listening back this week to New Hampshire Daily, a half hour NH news program we aired from October, 1989 to February, 1992. I was listening to the programs from the week of 14 May, 1990. Among the news of the day (including the death of Jim Hensen, and Lithuania’s independence negotiations with Mikhail Gorbachev) was a four part series we produced about the Canterbury Shaker Village.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 13:29:54 +0000 Andrew Parrella 48403 at From The Archives: The Shakers Randall Balmer's "Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter" <p>James Earl Carter Junior is better known to the world as Jimmy and to the nation as our 39<sup>th</sup> president.&nbsp;&nbsp; Other images appear in our minds as well: a one-time peanut farmer, the man who struggled during his time in the White House and after his presidency, and a humanitarian and global peace maker.&nbsp; But in a new book, Dartmouth professor Randall Balmer takes a new look at Carter., who he says ‘was capitulated to the nation’s highest office by an electorate weary of political corruption, and enamored, however briefly of Carter’s evangelical rectitude.”&nbsp; But man Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 45425 at Randall Balmer's "Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter" From The Archives: Rev. Gene Robinson <p>Ten years ago this week, Rev. Gene Robinson officially became the first openly gay bishop in history. He was elected in June, 2003 and on 7 March, 2004 &nbsp;he was "invested" at a ceremony where the previous bishop (Rev. Douglas Theuner) formally handed the shepherd's crook to him.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:14:50 +0000 Andrew Parrella 44562 at From The Archives: Rev. Gene Robinson Do You Believe In Satan? How Belief In Pure Evil Affects Behavior <p>Lucifer, Beelzebub, the Prince of Darkness…whatever he's called, some seventy percent of Americans believe in the existence of the Devil. That’s according to a 2007 Gallup Poll, and that number has increased steadily since 1990, when only fifty-five percent believed in evil personified in the form of Satan.</p><p>Now, researchers are looking at the implications of belief in “pure evil” on psychological and social behaviors.&nbsp; <strong>Piercarlo&nbsp;Valdesolo </strong>is Assistant Professor of Psychology at <a href="">Claremont Mckenna&nbsp;College</a> and contributor to Scientific American’s “Mind Matters” blog, where we found <a href="">his article</a>, “The Psychological Power of Satan.”&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:07:57 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38053 at Do You Believe In Satan? How Belief In Pure Evil Affects Behavior The Pope 'Didn't Say Anything New.' Blogger Behind 'Joe. My. God.' Weighs In <p>Yesterday, Pope Francis gave a spontaneous and startling frank press conference on a plane ride following his week-long trip to Brazil. In response to a question about gay priests, he said: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”</p><p>This stands in stark contrast to the views of his predecessor, Pope Benedict, who publicly and repeatedly stated that gay relationships were “evil” and “contrary to natural order.”</p><p>Here to talk about what might some are saying is a monumental shift for the LGBT community and the Catholic Church is Joe Jervis, the blogger behind “Joe. My. God.”, which covers LGBT issues, the media, and politics.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:29:28 +0000 Virginia Prescott 32203 at The Pope 'Didn't Say Anything New.' Blogger Behind 'Joe. My. God.' Weighs In A Lost Art: One Man Handwrites The Bible <p></p><p><strong>Phillip Patterson</strong> is a sixty-three year old retiree from Philmont, New York who’s spent the past 7 years working on a handwritten volume of the entire&nbsp; – almost 800,000 word King James Bible. <strong>Phillip </strong>suffers from AIDS and related illnesses, often making the quest slow-going, though he sometimes logged up to eighteen hours of writing a day. He just recently finished <a href="" target="_blank">the epic manuscript</a>.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:01:11 +0000 Virginia Prescott 29396 at A Lost Art: One Man Handwrites The Bible The New, NEW Atheism <p>In the wake of 9/11, the faith of many people was shaken to the core… with the help of authors like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, a movement many referred to as “New Atheism” emerged – pointing a finger at religion as a source of global violence and zealotry. &nbsp;Now, more than a decade later, the rhetoric seems to have softened.&nbsp; Our guest today argues that secular humanism is shifting into a new era, paving the way for a brand new conversation about religion and the faithless.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 14:36:07 +0000 Virginia Prescott 26636 at Jews In Toons: A Simpsons Writer On Cartoons and Religion <p>Springfield’s evangelical Ned Flanders and Hindu Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu are frequent foils to satirize and explore religious belief systems on <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Simpsons</em></a> -- America’s longest running scripted TV show.&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Mike Reiss</strong>, </a>four-time emmy winning writer for The Simpsons is interested in teasing out another brand of animated spirituality – Judaism.&nbsp; &nbsp;He’s presenting <a href="" target="_blank">“Jews in Toons” </a>-- discovering Jewish themes across Springfield’s twenty-four year history.&nbsp; His talk takes place at the <a href="" target="_blank">New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival </a>at Concord’s Red River Theatres on April 14<sup>th</sup>.</p><p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:59:33 +0000 Virginia Prescott 25298 at Jews In Toons: A Simpsons Writer On Cartoons and Religion N.H. Entrepreneurs Launch Social Network For The Prayerful <p>Billions of Christians around the world are in the midst of Holy Week observances in the run-up to Easter.&nbsp; Many of these rituals have been in place for centuries.&nbsp;</p><p>But how does an ancient faith adapt to the age of the internet, social networks, and smartphones?&nbsp;</p><p>So far, the answer is “slowly.”&nbsp;</p><p>But a pair of New Hampshire entrepreneurs hope they can speed up the process.&nbsp;</p><p>It’s fitting that the idea for a prayer-based social network came to Jamie Coughlin and his brother Adam while they were parked on a pew at Mass.</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 24492 at N.H. Entrepreneurs Launch Social Network For The Prayerful New Hampshire Catholics And Their Hopes For A New Pope <p><span style='line-height: 200%; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'>Catholic cardinals from around the world are meeting now, as the process of choosing a new leader gets underway at a time of tremendous upheaval for their church. We’ll find out what religious leaders and others in the Granite state are saying about this and what they think it means for the future.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 23032 at New Hampshire Catholics And Their Hopes For A New Pope N.H. Parishioners Celebrate Pope Benedict <p>Thursday marked the end of Pope Benedict's nearly eight year tenure as spiritual leader of the Catholic Church. In New Hampshire, 150 parishioners attended a noontime mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Manchester honoring the Pope. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 15:36:08 +0000 Alison Kuzmickas 22894 at N.H. Parishioners Celebrate Pope Benedict A Review of Vatican Two <p></p><p>Fifty years ago, more than two thousand bishops, under Pope John Paul the 23rd, set a new course for the Catholic Church, addressing its inner workings but also its role with the world, fostering friendly relations with other religions, for example. But to this day, some feel the Church has yet to fulfill the promise of Vatican Two, while others have downplayed its message - or say that the second Vatican council went too far.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 13:53:11 +0000 Laura Knoy 18837 at A Review of Vatican Two The Church and State Debate <p>Many use the First Amendment to argue their notion of religious liberty, which is defined as both freedom <em>from</em> government involvement in religion and freedom <em>to</em> practice one’s faith.&nbsp; But disagreements abound over these matters, whether it’s prayer at public meetings, polling places at churches, or substituting the term “holiday” for Christmas.&nbsp;Today,&nbsp;experts on both sides debate church and state.</p><p><strong>Guests</strong></p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 17779 at The Church and State Debate Badass Nuns <P>Pop culture has a pretty good store of gleeful nuns along with plenty of repressed, vindictive sisters and mothers superior.&nbsp; The stereotypical nun is neither action hero, rockstar or Klan fighter. That’s why we found a recent list of gutsy nuns in <EM>Mental Floss</EM> so intriguing.</P> <P><STRONG>Clay Wirestone</STRONG> is a freelance writer who compiled a list of some of history’s bravest and boldest nuns for the December issue.</P> <P> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:50:33 +0000 Virginia Prescott 17183 at Badass Nuns