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If Trump Doesn't Deliver, Religion Will Take A Big Hit

Bernard Starr | Posted 11.21.2016 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Industrial Robots:Where Have All the Humans Gone?--commons.wikimedia.org Religion played a mighty role in pushing Donald Trump over the top and into ...

4 Choices Boomers Made That Are Killing Mainline Protestantism

Frederick W. Schmidt | Posted 11.03.2016 | Religion
Frederick W. Schmidt

Earlier this month the Public Religion Research Institute released new statistics that chronicle the demographic shifts in religious affiliation. The one group that has grown exponentially is the so-called "Nones," or religiously unaffiliated.

Why So Many Americans Are Leaving Their Religion

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.26.2016 | Religion

American religion is in a state of flux. Religious “nones,” a category that includes atheists, agnostics and those with no affiliation to organize...

How to Answer Your Child's Big Questions

Katherine Ozment | Posted 07.07.2016 | Religion
Katherine Ozment

All these years, I've been listening to your questions more closely than you can possibly imagine. They are my questions, too. Like you, I have been asking them all my life.

The Godless Descend on DC

Staks Rosch | Posted 06.26.2016 | Religion
Staks Rosch

Saturday, June 4, marked the "Second Coming" of the Reason Rally. Atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, and secularists from all over the country descended on our nation's capital to rally in support of reason over faith in government.

Are We Talking Less About Religion, or Are Researchers Just Tone Deaf?

Elizabeth Drescher | Posted 05.12.2016 | Religion
Elizabeth Drescher

If you didn't catch a report from the Pew Research Center last month on what seems to be an important new trend in American religion, feel free to forgive yourself. We're not talking about it. We're not even arguing about it anymore.

Are Nones the 'Missing Link' in Contemporary Religion?

Elizabeth Drescher | Posted 04.21.2016 | Religion
Elizabeth Drescher

If chimpanzees -- our nearest evolutionary relatives--are expressing an inherent primate religiosity with these stone gathering rituals, might it be the case that we share a genetic predisposition for religion?

American Religion Has Never Looked Quite Like It Does Today

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.15.2016 | Religion

Nearly a century after German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche first proclaimed "God is dead,” TIME magazine released a controversial cover on its Ap...

When 'Humanist' Is a Cop-out (And When It Isn't)

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Tina Fey was definitely on to something when she called BS on those who respond to the question about whether or not they are a feminist with "I am a humanist."

Anti-Atheist Terrorism: A New Threat

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 03.08.2016 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Anti-atheist terrorism is gaining momentum around the world. While major events like the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris and the murders ...

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, HarperOne,...

"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 12.01.2016 | 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 11.13.2016 | 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 11.06.2016 | 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 11.06.2016 | 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

(RNS) Americans as a whole are growing less religious, but those who still consider themselves to belong to a religion are, on average, just as commit...

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

David Briggs | Posted 10.14.2016 | 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 States. They make ...

Not 'That Kind of Christian'

Christian Piatt | Posted 09.28.2016 | 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 09.16.2016 | 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.