This first news article reports on the how God worked in the midst of the 33 trapped miners in Chile this past October. Three of the miners were Christians, one of whom led the men in prayer each evening. They were ministered to by the pastor from Vallenar Baptist Church. By the end of the ordeal, most had accepted Christ.
The second news article is about a so-called research study (really just an analysis of survey data) that was in published in the December issue of the American Sociological Review. Your blogger originally heard this clap-trap on ABC radio, but it can be found on many news sites. The study claims “it is the social aspects of religion rather than theology or spirituality that leads to life satisfaction”. Further, they claim that “built friendships” are the “secret ingredient” in religion. This claim is an abomination to the experience of most Christians. The researchers claim illogical results and state them as fact.