Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
A Pennsylvania couple who believes in the power of prayer to heal all illnesses–and refuses all forms of modern medical treatment–may be facing charges after their 8-month-old son died last week. In 2009, Herbert and Catherine Schaible’s 2-year-old son died, an incident that resulted in the couple being sentenced to 10 years probation. More from NBC News:
Authorities have yet to file criminal charges in the death of the child last week, after he suffered with diarrhea and breathing problems for days. But charges could be filed once authorities pinpoint how the boy died. An official cause of death is pending an autopsy, according to police.
The child was taken to a funeral home by an as yet unknown individual and the undertaker alerted police, Russell said.
In 2010, a jury convicted the Schaibles, who have seven other children, of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment in Kent’s death from pneumonia. The Schaibles were sentenced to probation over prison time.
As part of their sentence, the Schaibles were required to arrange medical examinations for each of their children, to immediately consult with a doctor when a child became sick and to follow the doctor’s treatment recommendations.
Monday, October 10th, 2011
A five-year study by the faith-and-culture research organization The Barna Group has found that almost 60 percent of Christian teenagers are leaving church life after age 15, many not returning as they enter young adulthood. The study followed 1,296 teenagers who were either current or former churchgoers, and it found that teens largely see churches as overprotective, antagonistic to science, and unwelcoming to those who doubt their faith.
Religion News Service reports on the study:
One in four 18- to 29-year-olds said “Christians demonize everything outside of the church.” One in three said “Church is boring.”
Clashes between church expectations and youths’ experience of sexuality have driven some away. One in six young Christians said they “have made mistakes and feel judged in church because of them.” And 40 percent of 18- to 29-year-old Catholics said their church’s doctrine on sexuality and birth control is “out of date.”
“Churches are not prepared to handle the ‘new normal,”‘ Barna president David Kinnaman, told RNS. “However, the world for young adults is changing in significant ways, such as their remarkable access to the world and worldviews via technology, their alienation from various institutions, and their skepticism toward external sources of authority, including Christianity and the Bible.”
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