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Christianity in Crisis? Blame Elvis

Gary Laderman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
Gary Laderman

Bill O'Reilly is wrong. Rap is not to blame for the current crisis in American Christianity. Blame Elvis, that's what I say. He is the main culprit in the current cultural transformation shaking the foundations of religion in America.

'Nones' are 'someones' in vibrant U.S. religious landscape

David Briggs | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

The end is not near for religion in America -- or elsewhere in the world. What analysts are trying to divine, however, is the mystery of why more people are indicating "none" when asked their religious affiliation.

Christianity's Supernova: Why the Church's Loss Isn't Necessarily the Progressives' Gain

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

When a big old star runs out of fuel, it collapses of its own weight. That's what appears to be happening to Christianity, at least in the advanced countries where it once dominated.

Don't Give Me That 'Old Time Religion'

Patty Kogutek | Posted 03.26.2015 | Religion
Patty Kogutek

During this sacred Passover/Easter celebratory time, let's remind ourselves that we are called to respect one another in peace and unity. Let's embrace these values of respect, peace and unity beginning within ourselves, radiating out to all.

Leaving My Family's Religion, Building A New Community (All Together Podcast)

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.09.2015 | Religion

Welcome to the latest ALL TOGETHER -- the podcast dedicated to exploring how ethics, religion and spiritual practice inform our personal lives, ou...

Are Black Americans the Most Religious -- and Virtuous -- of All?

David Briggs | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

In a nation where rising numbers of people are dropping out of organized religion, one dynamic religious movement continues to display remarkable strength. The black church.

More Women Are Leaving Behind Religious Identities For Something More Spiritual

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 02.20.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Nadia Bulkin, 27, the daughter of a Muslim father and a Christian mother, spends “zero time” thinking about God. And she finds that among...

"NONES!" are Now "DONES" Is the Church Dying?

Steve McSwain | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Given the widespread departure from the Church in all its varied expressions, it is a legitimate question. Add to this the reality that the Millennial generation has not only left the Church but does not seem to be returning and you have a recipe for disaster.

A Pastoral Letter to Older Generations About Those Frustrating Millennials

Derek Penwell | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

The question that older generations of leaders within mainline denominations must ask themselves, I suggested, therefore, is: "What if the kids don't want our church?" This is an an important issue in the age of the "nones."

Sam Harris, Waking Up, and What I've Learned about Spirituality

Steve McSwain | Posted 11.01.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

The longer I live, the more convinced I become that there is a religious experience which, if you have yet to figure this out, goes by many names.

Trust: The Church and Facebook

Trey Lyon | Posted 10.05.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

You don't undo those things with better packaging, or a new release of an old product. You have to do the deep, soul-baring, painful work of repentance and asking forgiveness -- and do it without caring if this person ever comes to your church or not.

Hispanic Catholic Trends

Martin Marty | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Many Catholics are looking for and hoping for the "Pope Francis Effect" to have its effect on attendance at mass and other Catholic parish activities. To date this effect has failed to materialize.

Jaweed Kaleem

Hispanic Catholics Increasingly Choosing 'No Religion': Survey

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 05.07.2014 | Religion

While immigration over several decades has driven up the share of Hispanics in the pews across U.S. Catholic churches, a new survey shows that Hispani...

Religio-Secular

Martin Marty | Posted 05.11.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

"Our Secular Future: The redefinition of religious liberty in American society" is a promising and threatening reflection by Richard R. Reno in the Jesuit-based weekly America (February 24, 2014). It turns out that the article deals more with the subtitle "religious liberty" than with "secularity" in "our" future.

The Answer to Bad Religion Is Not No Religion but Good Religion

Martin Thielen | Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion
Martin Thielen

What is the proper response to bad religion? Some argue that the answer to bad religion is no religion. A growing number of "new atheists" argue that since religion can be toxic, we need to get rid of faith altogether. But that's a weak argument.

Religion: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Gary Laderman | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Gary Laderman

Religion is bad, no doubt, and a destructive force in human history and in world today. But that's not the whole story. I let down my guard in that bar and did not speak the truth of what I think after all these years in the study of religion.

What If the Church Took Millennials Seriously?

Derek Penwell | Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

If mainline denominations have taken a nosedive in membership, money, and influence (which they have), and if you want a chance to figure out why (which I do), it seems like a good thing to start looking at the age demographic where the losses have been heaviest.

Spiritual Life Coach Blog: Will the Hierarchy Ever Return to the Catholic Church?

Patty Kogutek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Patty Kogutek

There is a wonderful Senegalese Proverb that sums up the challenge for the Catholic Hierarchy: "If an egg is broken by outside force, life ends. If broken by inside force, life begins. Great things always begin from the inside."

Meaningless Surveys: The Faulty 'Mathematics' of the 'Nones

Steven Ramey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Steven Ramey

Might the Nones, in fact, be a social construction rather than an actual reality? If so, what's the hype, and why aren't people questioning the method behind the (socially constructed) madness?

Saving Faith

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jim Wallis

For many, the past few weeks have been discouraging, given the state of our politics and culture and what many vulnerable people across the country are experiencing. But despite the frustration and even grief sometimes I have been reminded of the importance of "saving faith."

Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore (Part Two)

Steve McSwain | Posted 12.29.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Instead of looking at those who've left the church and asking "What's wrong with them?" shouldn't we be looking at ourselves and asking, "What's wrong with us?"

Is it Unethical to Hide Your Nonbelief?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Considering the shared aim among nonbelievers to doggedly pursue the truth regarding humanity, the nature of the universe, and everything in it, there is understandably a high ethical standard for humanists and other nontheists to which they hold themselves.

The Truth About Religion

Gary Laderman | Posted 10.13.2013 | Religion
Gary Laderman

Religion is no longer simply a matter of faith in God. Instead, it is... anything and everything imaginable. The truth about religion is that there is no one Truth but rather multiple versions of many possible truths.

LOOK: Surprising Reaction To The Growth Of 'No Religion'

Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion

Surveys have frequently shown that the number of religiously unaffiliated Americans -- including but not limited to atheists, agnostics and people who...

Atheists Who Pray

Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion

Why would an atheist -- who by definition does not believe in God -- pray? A Washington Post article by Michelle Boorstein spotlighted the fascinat...