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How Can So Many Catholics Not Know Pope Francis Is Coming?

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Americans are gung-ho for Pope Francis’ U.S. visit — if they know he’s coming. They really, really like him, too, particularl...

These Are The Most Protestant U.S. Cities

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.17.2015 | Religion

In Nashville, Tennessee, 38 percent of the population identifies as white evangelical Protestant, 17 percent of residents identify as white mainl...

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...

White Americans Support Protests, But Not So Much When Protesters Are Black

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 06.26.2015 | Black Voices

A new study found that a majority of white Americans believe that protests improve the country -- that is, unless those protesting are black. Acco...

Millennials Value Birth Control, So Why Aren't More Using It?

Laura Stepp | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
Laura Stepp

Among teens ages 15 to 19, pregnancies (about 85 percent of which are unplanned) and births are at their lowest rates ever. The teen pregnancy rate has dropped 51 percent since 1990, and the teen birth rate 57 percent since 1991. But teens' older, unmarried sisters, ages 20 to 29, cannot say the same thing.

Most White Evangelicals Think Cops Treat Black Americans Fairly: PRRI Survey

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.08.2015 | Religion

New data shows that news about recent police killings of black men is being received very differently by black and white Americans. And when these dif...

Hillary Clinton and the Economics of Women

Melissa Deckman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Melissa Deckman

Unlike the 2012 presidential campaign, in which much of the "war on women" rhetoric employed by Democrats hinged on reproductive health politics and the birth control mandate, next year's presidential race will address a broader array of economic concerns for women, at least if Hillary Clinton has a say.

Surprise! Millennials Don't 100 Percent Agree On Everything To Do With Sex

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Svokos | Posted 04.08.2015 | College

Despite media reports that every single millennial is a hook-up-crazed hyper liberal, a new poll proves that millennials are not, in fact, a single-mi...

Carol Kuruvilla

Millennials Want Contraception To Be Accessible To Everyone | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 05.12.2015 | Religion

When religious leaders ask millennials to make black-or-white moral judgments about sexuality, these young Americans will likely point out the gray. ...

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...

1 in 4 Americans Believe God Will Decide Super Bowl

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.22.2015 | Religion

Is the Super Bowl divinely rigged? One in four Americans say yes, according to a new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and Re...

Southern White Evangelical Decline

Martin Marty | Posted 12.28.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

"Southern Evangelicals Dwindling--and Take the GOP Edge With Them" screams a headline in the online Atlantic. I'll exegete the meaning of the first three words of that headline, and leave the last seven to prognosticators, politicians, and pollsters.

SURVEY: Majority Supports Contraception Insurance Mandate

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion

(RNS) More than six in 10 Americans say publicly held corporations should be required to provide employees with health insurance plans that include no...

Phone Versus Online Honesty

Martin Marty | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center of the University of Chicago Divinity School. "What fres...

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

Study Finds Americans Exaggerate How Much They Go To Church | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion

Despite gains in the number of Americans who identify as atheist, agnostic or having "no religion" at all, it's well known that the nation is largely ...

Shocking Number Of Americans Believe AIDS Could Be Punishment From God

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.28.2014 | Religion

All signs point to the fact that, on the whole, the U.S. is moving toward a much more tolerant stance on same-sex marriage and LGBT issues, in general...

Americans More Sympathetic Than Ever To LGBT Causes

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans’ attitudes toward the lives and choices of gays and lesbians have changed radically since Massachusetts first legalized s...

Anti-Gay Policies Are Driving Huge Numbers Of Millennials From Church

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 02.27.2014 | Religion

It's widely accepted that young people tend to be less religious than their elders. While recent surveys have revealed that one-in-five adults in Ame...

Who Would God Discriminate Against?

Rachel Laser | Posted 11.07.2013 | Religion
Rachel Laser

Many faith groups feel comfortable supporting ENDA because it has a broad religious exemption. Specifically, ENDA has a religious exemption that is wider in scope than that of Title VII or the Americans with Disabilities Act, and is thought to be one of the broadest religious exemptions in federal law.

Rise Of The Latino Nones

Posted 09.30.2013 | Religion

Hispanics living in the United States are now increasingly evangelical Protestants or religiously unaffiliated as the number of Catholics among them d...

The Latino Vote, Or Things The Republicans Just Aren't Getting

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

Reckoned to be about 17 percent of the nation's population, this group gave seven-tenths of its vote to Barack Obama on Election Day last November. This has caused, understandably, considerable consternation for the current GOP.

Who Are the Nones and Why Did They Vote for Obama?

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

By early summer of 2012, many of us Faith and Values pundits were nervously asking an important and troubling question: Why were the Obama and Romney campaigns spending so little time and effort discussing God and religion on the campaign trail?