Religion in the 'Modern' World
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Secularism is a defining characteristic of the "Modern" world. So
why is there such an increase in religious belief? With two major
religions celebrating holidays, we look at faith in America and other
parts of the world. Also, President Obama sees "glimmers of hope" for
the economy, and US intelligence agents report that cyberspies have penetrated America's electricity system. Could they disrupt it?
Obama Reports 'Glimmers of Hope' for the Economy ()
After meeting with Treasury Secretary Geithner, Fed Chairman Bernanke and other advisors today, President Obama told reporters there are "glimmers of hope" for the economy. Michael Fletcher is White House reporter for the Washington Post.
- Michael Fletcher: White House Reporter, Washington Post
Religion in the 'Modern World' ()
Ever since the Enlightenment, deep thinkers have claimed that modernity would drive out religion, probably by the end of the 20th Century. But since the 1970's, that trend has gone into reverse. Newsweek magazine's current cover announces “The Decline and Fall of Christian America,” while a recent book is entitled God Is Back. The contrast illustrates the worldwide tension between secularism in modern political life and the growing prevalence of religious belief. Free-market thinking has some people shopping between denominations. Some traditionalists threatened by the secular world go to extremes. Do religions compete for believers? Which one is likely to win? Why is Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda such a “Modern” phenomenon?
- Adrian Wooldridge: co-author, 'God Is Back'
- Luis Lugo: Director, Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
- Akbar Ahmed: Chair of Islamic Studies, American University
- Mark Juergensmeyer: Director, UCSB's Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, @juergensmeyer
Cyberspies in the Electrical Grid ()
Last year, the Center for Strategic and International Studies reported that the US could suffer more damage from cyber attacks than any of the other potential threats against it. Now it turns out that the nation's electrical grid has been compromised. US intelligence agents say cyber-spies have penetrated the grid, leaving behind computer programs that could disrupt the system in case of hostilities. That's according to Siobhan Gorman, intelligence reporter for the Wall Street Journal.
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