Interesting Facts about Evangelicals from Pew Research Center


The big story this week from Pew Research Center’s report, “America’s Changing Religious Landscape,” was the sharp decline in the number of Christians and large growth in those who are unaffiliated with any religion. Digging deeper, the report contains interesting news about Evangelicals.
Here are 10 interesting facts about Evangelicals from the report:
1. The number of Evangelicals likely increased.
Evangelicals were the only segment of Christianity that likely saw growth. Evangelicals added about two million to their fold from 2007 to 2014. Taking the margin of error into account, the actual increase could be anywhere between zero and five million.
2. Evangelicals were the only Christian group that had more people joining than leaving.
8.4 percent said they left evangelical Christianity while 9.8 percent said they joined evangelical Christianity, a net change of plus 1.5 percentage points. By comparison, Mainline Protestants had a minus 4.3 percentage point net change and Catholics had a minus 10.9 percentage point net change.

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My Overall Thoughts On The Fight, Future Of Boxing


My scorecard

Like many of you, I watched the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight on 5/2 with anticipation of seeing a great fight. I went to the local Buffalo Wild Wings and paid the $20 they were charging rather than the $99 PPV price tag so many paid.

Many, including myself, were disappointed with the outcome of the fight. However, my frustration isn’t with Mayweather for making the fight boring by running and clinching the entire fight, it is with Pacquiao, who showed no urgency to press the action in the late rounds and thus fought his worst fight in over 15 years.

Pacquiao had a legitimate shoulder injury and there is no doubt that played a big part is his terrible performance. Yet he still decided to fight that night and the typical Floyd Mayweather tactical destruction of his opponent took place.

Mike Foss of USA Today wrote a great piece on the topic you can read here.

Floyd fights the same way every time out, and he executed his plan to perfection. Manny on the other hand did get in a few combinations to make the fight close through the first six rounds, but looked horrible in the last half of the fight.

Manny should have reported the injury, and the fight would have probably been delayed to September. There still would have been the same hype surrounding the fight, maybe more so, and both fighters would have been at 100 percent. Maybe with a different outcome.

I’m not quite sure there would be a big demand for a rematch, but Floyd has said he is open to the idea.

The one thing I can tell you for sure is that boxing is not dead. One superfight, which sees Mayweather fight the way he has 47 times before Saturday’s superfight, didn’t kill boxing.

The launch of the PBC is going to be huge for the sport. Even if it isn’t a financial success in the long run, it is going to keep the sport in the limelight and on broadcast tv and basic cable.

Many big fights can still be made, such as:

  • Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto
  • Wladimir Klitschko vs. Deontay Wilder
  • Gennady Golovkin vs. Floyd Mayweather (Hey! it could happen…..Right?)
  • Sergey Kovalev vs Adonis Stevenson
  • Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez V (Not a dream fight, but would still draw big money).