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How to Help Your Religion Win in 2016

John Barton | Posted 01.04.2017 | Religion
John Barton

Recently I read a blog post by a Christian pastor saying Christianity is the largest and fastest growing religion on earth. He credited evangelism as helping Christianity stay ahead of Islam, its closest "competitor."

Former Pastor Creates Online Community for 'Nones'; 'Overwhelmed' by Response

Crystal Lewis | Posted 08.10.2016 | Religion
Crystal Lewis

In an era of rapidly declining church membership and religious affiliation in America, Hayward has founded an online community to provide interaction and resources for people in search of 'spiritual independence.'

Accountability For Anti-Intellectualism: Three Changes That Will Help Christianity Reverse Its Decline

Crystal Lewis | Posted 05.19.2016 | Religion
Crystal Lewis

The unsavory truth is that a large number of people leave organized Christianity because they are unable to find an adequate bridge between faith and reason within church walls.

How "Legal to Discriminate" Became "Freedom and Liberty"

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

What reverberates in our skulls is the obvious disconnect between reality and this tired conservative storyline. A bully calling his victim a bully is hard to digest.

Pew Report: The Future of World Religions and the Future of the World

Steve McSwain | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

"The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing..." according to the recently released Pew Research Center report on world religions.

Report: Global Harassment Of Jews Has Reached A Seven-Year High

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 02.26.2015 | Religion

The number of countries where Jewish people are mistreated is at a seven-year high. According to the Pew Research Center, about a quarter of the wo...

My Favorite Religions: Interfaith Family Perspective

Susan Katz Miller | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Susan Katz Miller

If your parents are of two religions, and they love each other, and they love you, then you are more likely to have warm feelings for both religions, and for multiple religions beyond your own family.

Some Churchgoers Say Clergy Contribute "Nothing" To Society: Survey

Posted 07.12.2013 | Religion

Do clergy contribute to America's well-being? A new Pew Research Center survey finds that when it comes to views of professions' positive roles in ...

What Do Religious People Really Believe?

Rabbi Alan Lurie | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Alan Lurie

Matters of religion resist easy generalizations. The truth is that most religious people bring individual expression to their faith and feel no conflict with those who have different religious belief systems, or no religious belief whatsoever.

A Few Talking Points About Sharia After Losing A Sean Hannity Shouting Match

Mike Ghouse | Posted 07.02.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Asking questions is the right thing to do, and listening to the answer without interrupting is the civil thing to do. If we jump around from question to question without answering one, we achieve nothing. That is precisely what happened to me on Sean Hannity's show yesterday,

Nones, Somes And The Combinativeness Of American Religious Practices

Sean McCloud | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Sean McCloud

Most Americans pick, mix and combine a variety of religious and cultural idioms to find what works for them in their everyday lives. This includes a majority of those categorized in recent polls as "nones."

Most Millennials Don't Know What Roe v. Wade Was About

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.18.2013 | College

A majority of Americans under 30 are either unaware or unsure that the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade was about abortion rights, new d...

WATCH: Why Is Religion On The Decline?

Posted 01.17.2013 | Religion

David Niose, president for the Secular Coalition of America and author of "Nonbeliever Nation," joined Ahmed on HuffPost Live to discuss the decline o...

Reflection On The Rise Of The 'Nones' From Someone Who Should Probably Be One

Cameron Nations | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
Cameron Nations

I'm 23, recite the Creed without crossing my fingers, and think seriously and critically about my faith. Furthermore, not only am I in seminary to be an ordained minister, but -- GASP! -- I'm also doing so in a mainline denomination. How can this be? It defies all logic!

Jaweed Kaleem

New Survey Reveals Sharp Contrasts Between Evangelical And Catholic Latino Voters | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.18.2012 | Religion

A new survey released Thursday shows that while Latino voters generally support the reelection of President Barack Obama by a wide margin over Republi...

'Nones' On The Rise: How Anti-Gay, Anti-Choice Churches Are Creating Their Own Demise

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

I've always felt we religiously unaffiliated "Nones" were a tiny minority. But here we are, surging in an America that's been steeped in religious dogma, where Republican politics has been overrun by zealots hellbent on controlling women's bodies and discriminating against gays.

What Faith Communities Can Offer The 'Nones'

Phil Haslanger | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Phil Haslanger

OK, church folks. Fasten your seatbelts. But don't hunker down. There's a new study out that shows that one in five Americans has no religious affiliation. Not Baptist, not Catholic, not Lutheran, not Jewish, not Muslim.

Jaweed Kaleem

Number Of Americans With 'No Religion' On The Rise | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.09.2012 | Religion

Sarah Garrison grew up Catholic, but today she does not consider herself part of any religion. Yet as someone who meditates and prays every day to the...

Do Americans Really Dislike Mosques?

Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 09.28.2012 | Religion

In 2010, a fierce national debate erupted after plans to erect an Islamic community center two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center were ann...

The Unreported Political Implications Of Pew's Religion Poll

Eric Sapp | Posted 09.26.2012 | Religion
Eric Sapp

The problem with religious academics doing political polls and non-religious reporters covering them is that the headlines can get skewed and political implications muddled.

Pew Religious Advocacy Report: Why Comparing Apples And Oranges Leads To Lemons

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 01.29.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

The recent Pew Report, "Lobbying for the Faithful: Religious Advocacy Groups in Washington, DC," may prompt commentary. Hopefully, people will realize its figures are way out of whack.

Evangelical Leaders Gloomy Over Losing Influence In America

Steve McSwain | Posted 10.01.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Evangelical leaders have used the political process in order to promote their religious and social agenda for as long as I can remember. And, in my own opinion, it is a gross error in judgment.

Religion Coverage Doubled, Focused On Islam Controversies In 2010

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Islam dominated religion news coverage in 2010, a year that also saw religion reporting double to 2 percent of all news, according to a new study from...

The Vanishing American Religious Male

Scott Perlo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Scott Perlo

To the endangered species of our world, let us add another: the vanishing American religious male. Rabbis, priests, pastors, imams and sociologists are trying to understand why.

World's Muslim Population To Grow Twice As Fast As Non-Muslims

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

On a global level, the Muslim population is expected to grow by 35 percent over the next two decades -- twice the pace of the world's non-Muslim popul...