Around the Web–July 13, 2012

Is Mormonism an experience?

Speaking of how the average Mormon views his religion:

It is not the doctrines that have won him. He is sometimes isn’t even sure what all of them are. It’s the supernatural empowering of a holy community that is most important to him.

and from the conclusion:

Despite Joseph Smith’s many doctrinal innovations, Mormonism is not primarily about doctrine. It is a about the experience of a restored supernatural power, the all-important matter of “priesthood authority.” This was what Smith built upon. It is what early Mormons sought. It is still at the heart of the faith.

Pastor blasts biblical inerrancy

Liberalism is not dead. It still speaks in some Baptist churches.

“This word has in fact done horrendous damage to the character of the Bible and ruined countless lives,” Kremer said. “The cause of Christ is being damaged by its use even now.”

Study: Atheists Have Lowest ‘Retention Rate’ Compared to Religious Groups

Not sure what to make of this – ‘studies’ seem to have their own slant on data, and news reports have another. Still, our readers might find this one interesting.

“What these findings reflect is that in the U.S. atheists are for the most part ‘made’ as adults after being raised in another faith. It appears to be much more challenging to raise one’s child as an atheist and have them maintain this identity in their life,”

Among ‘Protestants’, Baptists have the highest retention rate at 60%, but that figure is far behind Hinduism and Islam.

Phoenix Officials Release ‘Fact Sheet’ in Jailed Pastor’s Home Bible Study Case

We’ve seen a lot of online discussion on this case in recent weeks. The city of Phoenix has issued a ‘fact sheet’ that may provide a little objectivity for outside observers.

Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.