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2012-02-01 10:59:57

Social networks at church influence beliefs, behavior Friendships forged at church seem to play a major role in people's religious activities and beliefs – even when it comes to their views about how exclusive heaven is, according to a national study by a Baylor University sociology researcher. "Although church-based friendship networks seem to bolster religiosity across the board, the effect of how enmeshed people are in congregational friendships is stronger on religious...

2011-08-12 12:05:27

Regardless of a person's educational background, he or she is less likely to approach the Bible in a literal word-for-word fashion when surrounded by a greater number of church members who went to college, according to a Baylor University sociology researcher. "When you go to Sunday school and everyone is talking about the cultural and historical background of a passage and its literary genre "” a way of reading often learned in college "”it's likely to rub off on you," said...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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