The 1,500-year-old structure, now a museum, has symbolized Turkey’s secular society.
CHR Comment: The article rehearses some of the history, noting the shift in Turkish society away from secularism toward emphasizing Islamic heritage at the expense of Christian heritage.
Source: Turks push to turn iconic Hagia Sophia back into a mosque
Why are young Icelanders so different from young Americans?
CHR Comment: In a recent survey, all Icelanders under the age of 34 answered that they do not believe God created the world. However, a number of these same persons responded that they were Christians. The survey perhaps does not distinguish well between belief that God directly created with world, as described in Genesis, and God creating the world through theoretical processes such as the big bang and evolution. Nevertheless, the article describes the rapid secularization of Iceland and the equally rapid decline of the Lutheran state church in that nation.
Iceland is an exception globally as the percentage of religious persons below age 34 has actually risen worldwide.
Source: In this country, literally no young Christians believe that God created the Earth – The Washington Post