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Religion Scholar Says Spiritual Revolution Begins In Nature

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.10.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Four mornings a week, in the tranquil, blushing hours of morning, Diana Butler Bass drives to a familiar walking trail along the Potomac River ...

How Reliable Are Polls About Religion? Princeton Professor Tries To Find Out

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.07.2015 | Religion

(RNS) The uses — and abuses — of public opinion polling made headlines this week after Fox News claimed it relied on surveys to selec...

These Are The Largest Religious Groups In American Cities

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.04.2015 | Religion

If you live in a major metropolitan area in the U.S., chances are your city is predominantly Catholic, religiously unaffiliated or both. Out of 30 ma...

Americans Are Less Confident In Organized Religion Than Ever Before

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Americans have less confidence in organized religion today than ever measured before — a sign that the church could be “losing its footing a...

Carol Kuruvilla

Why The 'Religion Is Against Gay Marriage' Line No Longer Works | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion

When Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2003, America's major religious denominations didn’t offer much support. ...

7.5 Million Americans Have 'Lost Their Religion' Since 2012

Religion News Service | Tobin Grant | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion

(RNS) A new survey shows in stark relief that what some are calling the Great Decline of religion in America continues: Since 2012, the U.S. has about...

White Christians Are Now A Minority In 19 States

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 03.05.2015 | Religion

(RNS) The notion of America as a mostly white, mostly Christian country is rapidly becoming a fact for the history books. “The U.S. religious lan...

Evidence Of The Changing American Religious Landscape

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.06.2015 | Religion

The United States has long been a majority-Christian country, but it is by no means religiously static. In 2007, Pew Research found the religiously un...

This Is The Biggest Religious Group In Each U.S. State

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.25.2015 | Religion

There are now 23 states where the largest religious group is "unaffiliated" -- a testament, perhaps, to what many researchers describe as a changing r...

This Is Where In America People Are Most Likely To Go To Church

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.19.2015 | Religion

More than half of the residents of Utah say they attend religious services every week, according to a new survey from Gallup. Gallup polled a rando...

10 Telling Numbers About The State Of Faith In America This Year

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Scores of studies and surveys in 2014 revealed myriad, quirky ways we live out our faith and values. But the most intriguing findings were not a...

Americans Pray Most For Family, Friends And Themselves: Survey

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 10.05.2014 | Religion

(RNS) When Americans aren’t busy praying for themselves or their own needs — and most of them are — many are seeking divine intervention on beha...

Americans Feel Religion's Influence Is Declining... But They Wish It Wouldn't

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion

(RNS) More Americans today say religion’s influence is losing ground just when they want it to play a stronger role in public life and politics. ...

The Ideologies Of American Churches In One Graph

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion

Despite the separation of church and state in the U.S. religious groups often tend to have fairly delineated stances on political and social issues. ...

The Three Mistakes Atheists Make

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Advocates of atheism continue to appear, each new wave of thinkers reshaping what has come before. What Philip Kitcher has to say is ultimately neither new nor convincing. He makes the same mistakes that most others make who argue the case for atheism or secular humanism.

POLL: Religion Is The Answer To Today's Problems

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion

Poverty, disease and broken hearts -- can religion be the answer to these and other problems in today's world? According to a recent Gallup poll, 5...

Half Of Americans Are Seriously Prejudiced Against Atheists

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 06.15.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Brace yourself for family backlash if you plan to marry an atheist. A new Pew Research survey chiefly focused on political polarization also ...

IslAmerica: The Trials of Islamic Converts in The United States

Michele Moses | Posted 04.22.2014 | Religion
Michele Moses

Converts to any faith seem increasingly abnormal as the United States gravitates farther away from religion. Yet the number of Muslims in the United States is increasing.

Why Do Americans Seem So Religious?

Sacred Matters | E. Brooks Holifield | Posted 02.15.2014 | Religion

This article first appeared in Sacred Matters housed at Emory University. Many Western Europeans think of Americans as hopelessly, bafflingly, and ...

In Your Name: Letter From a Gay Ugandan Who Fled for His Life

Jonathan Wolfman | Posted 04.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Wolfman

This is a letter from a young Ugandan, a gay man whom I'll call M.G. In it he asks St. Paul's Voice Centre for help and he lays out some of the reasons he decided to give up any shot at seeing his home again.

The Religion With No Name: An Interview With Thomas Moore

Pythia Peay | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Pythia Peay

Drawing from the well of his own inner sources, he offers a new vision of how seekers can fashion their own connection to the sacred out of the materials of ancient faiths and everyday life. This is the first in a three-part interview.

The Frances Phenomenon and America's Yearning for Values, Leadership and God

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

The Pope Francis phenomenon is a reminder, yet again, that spirituality and not secularity is the driving force of modern life; it is his spiritual intensity that sets him apart and that provides the best answer to the spiritual emptiness of our time.

Yoga in America: Where Bowing to God Is Not Religious

Jill Lawson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jill Lawson

The concept of God is a shaky subject. Add to it the yoga-inspired faith in the God within us all, and you have a huge mess on your hands. Calling yoga non-religious isn't just about altering yoga to make a buck. It is to avoid starting a war.

America's Religious Future: Dechristianization (Not Secularization)

Gary Laderman | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Gary Laderman

What is this country coming to? Anyone who pays attention to religion in America can see monumental changes and conflicts affecting the present and looming in the future.

Freedom From Religion

Eliot Armand Glenn | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Eliot Armand Glenn

The deductibility of donations to religious organizations creates a discriminatory religious subsidy. One is free to donate to the religion of one's choice, but government support of these donations burdens every American, even the non-religious, with support for the faith industry.