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Rebooting Theological Education

Philip Clayton, Ph.D. | Posted 02.12.2016 | Religion
Philip Clayton, Ph.D.

Theological education is in crisis. By itself, that's not new news. What's newsworthy is exciting new progress on the problems that's now coming up with solutions -- real, viable solutions. Tinkering with the old structures isn't enough anymore.

How Martin Luther King Jr. Predicted the Decline of the Church

Derek Penwell | Posted 01.18.2016 | Religion
Derek Penwell

"If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century."

Post-Religious Post-Spiritual Seekers

Martin Marty | Posted 01.06.2016 | Religion
Martin Marty

The two billion Christians of the world and the several Christians still left in the United States do well to listen to the criticism which argues that they do not help seekers, being smugly satisfied with the incurious "finders" and "keepers."

How Seeker Spirituality Is Shaping The World Of Publishing

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.28.2015 | Religion

For some, the journey of spiritual self-discovery begins by picking up a book -- and there couldn’t be a better time to do so. This fall, Harper...

"Mom, Today I Became a Catholic": Analysis of a Teen Conversion

Stafford Betty | Posted 12.16.2015 | Religion
Stafford Betty

About five years ago Natalie Thomson, an attractive, popular, well-adjusted 16-year-old girl made this surprising announcement. It was surprising for...

2015: The Year in Religion

Gary Laderman | Posted 12.10.2015 | Religion
Gary Laderman

Overall, I'd say this year has been a mixed bag for religion. But then again, I'd have to say that every year throughout human history religious acts and beliefs have brought both bad and good to communities of people across the globe. America in 2015 is no different.

Millennials and Spirituality: The Religion Professor as Secret Agent, a.k.a. Danger Man

John Stroup | Posted 12.02.2015 | College
John Stroup

Welcome to Christianity in the Ivory Tower, or a guide to the inner knowledge and folk wisdom of The Village. For starters: the more Americans, espe...

More "Nones?" No Surprise There!

Margaret Placentra Johnston | Posted 11.13.2015 | Religion
Margaret Placentra Johnston

Pew Research recently reported their findings that religious "nones" are not only growing, they are becoming more secular. This should come as no surprise.

American Religion: Less is More

Gary Laderman | Posted 11.07.2015 | Religion
Gary Laderman

For most of American history, "religion" equaled Christianity. Christians understood that the only true "religion" was theirs, and other forms of faith, belief, spirituality, and so on, were pagan, heathen, mistaken, corrupted, and so on.

The Financial Crisis Facing U.S. Churches

David Briggs | Posted 11.06.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

The Catholic Church continues to grow with the population, with about a quarter of Americans identifying as Catholic. But a steady decline in Mass attendance means fewer are putting money in the collection plate on Sundays.

Religiously Affiliated Americans Are As Devout As Ever

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion

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Much Ado About Nones? Growing, Diverse Body Offers Few Easy Answers

David Briggs | Posted 10.14.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

Several studies have indicated religion increases with age, with many returning to more active faith lives as they get married and have children. Contemporary cultural trends of young adults delaying marriage or embracing a single lifestyle may in part account for their lack of affiliation.

There Is A Revolution Going On In Religion, And Faith Leaders Better Listen Up

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion

The “nones,” or religiously unaffiliated, now constitute the second largest faith-related group behind Christians in the United State...

Not 'That Kind of Christian'

Christian Piatt | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Maybe we believe in God. Maybe we're not sure. Maybe we believe Jesus was human and divine. Maybe we have no idea what to think about that. Maybe we think that salvation is personal and necessary to enter God's grace.

More Atheists Might Actually Strengthen Religion

Rev. Stephen Kendrick | Posted 09.16.2015 | Religion
Rev. Stephen Kendrick

Since religious people are in the business of hope, some believers like myself think this decline might just be the best thing that ever happened to organized religion. Though painful and confusing, the time we are entering offers opportunities for renewal.

Half Of Former Catholics Have Forsaken Religion Altogether

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.13.2015 | Religion

Roughly half of Americans raised in Catholic households have left the church at some point -- and most of them have stayed away for good, according to...

The 30 Least Religious Cities In The United States

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.09.2015 | Religion

In Portland, Oregon, a whopping 42 percent of the population identifies as religiously unaffiliated. New analysis from the the Public Religion Re...

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...

How The 'Nones' Can Find A Sense Of Community Outside Of Religion

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.22.2015 | Religion

The "nones," or the religiously unaffiliated, are a rapidly growing "faith" group in the United States. They make up roughly 23 percent of ...

Leaving the Faith Because of the Faithful

Richard Stearns | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
Richard Stearns

As his disciples, we are commanded to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and tend to the sick. When churches model that kind of faith in action, maybe more people will once again want to be a part of it.

Counting the Godless

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Poll after poll demonstrates that the number of religious people in America is declining--even Bill O'Reilly now admits it. But counting the corresponding increase of those without traditional religion continues to be a mix of moving targets and differing definitions. This is because people are often counting different groups.

The Future of Hinduism in America's Changing Religious Landscape

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

The choice, as I see it for a new generation of Hindus in the U.S., is not between the Hindu tradition or another religion; it is between being Hindu or being non-religious.

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.