Religion Today Summaries - July 6, 2007

Compiled & Edited by Crosswalk Editorial Staff

Religion Today Summaries - July 6, 2007

Daily briefs of the top news stories impacting Christians around the world.
In today's edition:

  • Christians Respond to Devastation in Pakistan
  • Opposition Poll Shows Need for Creation Museum, Ham Says
  • Nigeria's Top Muslim Leader Vows to Counter Christian Evangelism
  • Most Canadians See God-Creation Link

Christians Respond to Devastation in Pakistan

According to a report in The Christian Post, Christian relief groups have quickly responded to the severe flooding and cyclone which struck Pakistan this week leaving hundreds dead and hundreds of thousands of people helpless and homeless. Further problems are anticipated due to high water levels, which have destroyed crops and livestock, and threaten to spark disease outbreak. World Vision announced Wednesday its plan to respond after the Pakistan Government appealed to international donors and NGOs (non-governmental organization) to contribute to relief efforts. World Vision will be working in concert with other NGOs.

Opposition Poll Shows Need for Creation Museum, Ham Says

The president of Answers in Genesis says a recent survey by a liberal group claiming that many evangelicals don't support the newly opened Creation Museum in northern Kentucky actually shows the need for such a facility, reports. Ken Ham admits he's not surprised by the results of the survey conducted by DEFCON ("The Campaign to Defend the Constitution)." According to the survey, 48 percent of those who said they attend church weekly said the idea of the museum, which presents dinosaurs alongside Adam and Eve, was "scientifically unsound" or "biblically inaccurate." Ham responded: "We've been saying that all along, that the church is so compromised with [the teaching of] evolution and [its] millions of years -- which just shows you the very need for a Creation Museum like this to challenge the church [and] to equip the church."

Nigeria's Top Muslim Leader Vows to Counter Christian Evangelism

The spiritual leader of Nigeria’s 70 million Muslims has vowed to counter the rise of Christian evangelism in the country with the message of Islam, The Christian Post reports. Islamic leader Alhaji Abubakar Saad III said the spread of Christianity in the West African nation has made it urgent for the Islamic body to respond with Muslim evangelism. “The rise of secularism and the increasing activities of western evangelical organizations have made it all the more urgent that the message of Islam shall be heard loud and clear,” he said earlier this week.

Most Canadians See God-Creation Link

An article in the Canadian Press says Canadians may not be as religious as Americans, but a new poll suggests they are not prepared to rule out God’s essential role in creation. The Canadian Press-Decima Research survey suggests that 60 percent of Canadians believe God had either a direct or indirect role in creating mankind. Apparently many Canadians believe their countrymen had long ago put their faith strictly behind the scientific explanation for creation. The findings divide Canadians into essentially three groups on the issue of creation: 34 percent said humans developed over millions of years under a process guided by God; 26 percent said God created humans alone within the last 10,000 years or so; and 29 percent said they believe evolution occurred with no help from God.