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Religion in America

Church-Goers Now A Minority In America

John Shook, Ph.D. | Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion
John Shook, Ph.D.

One measure of the decline of church strength and authority is church membership and attendance. And by that measure, US secularity is rising to surprising heights.

Trusting God As Some Leave The Presbyterian Church

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 07.22.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Like most new church planting pastors, when someone chooses to leave, no matter the reason, my heart and soul aches: I question my pastoral abilities, grieve the loss of relationships and always have an urge to do something to get them back.

The Heroes I Was Looking For

Eboo Patel | Posted 07.21.2012 | Religion
Eboo Patel

I found full nourishment in Islam for ideas I initially encountered in other traditions. I am a Muslim whose first faith hero was Dorothy Day.

The Irony Of Jewish American Heritage Month

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

While I agree in good measure with President Obama's statement and feel that our community is honored to have a heritage month of its own, I fear that such a month may reduce the religion-state separation that enabled the Jewish community to thrive in the first place.

WATCH: Honor Everyone

Travis Reed | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
Travis Reed

"In this electoral year tensions are particularly high. Polarities are strong. Many people think that the future of our country ... is at stake," Miroslav Volf says. "Honoring everyone contains the promise of possibility."

WATCH: Mitt Romney And Those 'Mormon Moments'

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 07.13.2012 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

We are now living through the biggest "Mormon moment" of them all, and the coming months will teach us a lot about America and its ability to fully embrace its religious minorities.

My Neighbor's Faith: A Test Of Character

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.11.2012 | Religion
Jim Wallis

This conflict is really about the role that faith will play in America. It is about whether or not we will accept Muslim Americans as true Americans or as second-class citizens. It is a test of our character, and we dare not fail it.

This Will Be The Largest Cross In The World

Posted 05.15.2012 | Religion

The "God-given vision" started out simply enough: build a 7-foot-tall cross on a mountain and invite people to meditate there with the Creator. Now, 2...

Divisive Presidential Politics Takes Aim At The American Muslim Community

Ben Herzig | Posted 07.09.2012 | Religion
Ben Herzig

Alienating fellow American citizens based simply on their beliefs, as some candidates have done, is not only un-American -- it's bad politics.

Why Are Millennials Leaving The Church?

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2012 | Religion
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

Pastors and priests seeking to fill their pews with young churchgoers have a tough task ahead. Many younger Millennials have already moved away from the religion in which they were raised, mostly joining the growing ranks of the religiously unaffiliated.

PHOTOS: Turban Tying Competition

Posted 05.02.2012 | Religion

SAN JOSE -- Turbans are not usually seen as a part of traditional American attire, but they are articles of faith and an integral part of the dress of...

WATCH: David Barton Talks 'Jefferson Lies' And Faith In America On Daily Show

Posted 05.02.2012 | Religion

David Barton, an evangelical Christian activist and author, thinks the real Thomas Jefferson is in hiding. In his new book, "The Jefferson Lies," ...

Diversity Rising: Mormons, Nondenominational Churches, Muslims Spreading Out Across U.S.

David Briggs | Posted 07.02.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

The U.S. religious landscape is shifting, and no one may be more thankful than GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney. The spread of Latter-day Saints across the nation has paved the way for a Romney run.

Survey Reveals Strong Link Between Age, Religious Faith

Posted 04.30.2012 | Science

By: Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Managing Editor Published: 04/28/2012 05:24 PM EDT on LiveScience Across the world, people have varying levels of...

Discerning The Future Of The National Council Of Churches Of Christ In The USA

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 06.17.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

I believe that emerging church movements will only take root and have a meaningful impact on the world if helpful aspects of our historic church traditions and resources are leveraged in ways that inspire and support them.

Why Young Adults Forget The Church To Follow Jesus

Christian Piatt | Posted 06.16.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

There is still a significant interest in, and pursuit of, a life following the path lived out and described by Jesus. We younger adults are starving for the very community we're wary of.

Why Some Muslims Like America

Mustafa Akyol | Posted 06.14.2012 | Religion
Mustafa Akyol

America, which has been a safe heaven for persecuted believers since the Mayflower, keeps up with its heritage by welcoming Muslim believers as well. It should not give into the fear-mongering of a handful of anti-Islamic propagandists.

Faith Shift: What Religion Story Should We Write About Next?

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.09.2012 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

The Huffington Post recently launched a year-long series on religion called Faith Shift. We have our own ideas on stories to cover, but to get the fullest picture of religion in America, we need your help. What should we write about next?

Will Religious Conservatives Rally To Romney?

Posted 04.09.2012 | Religion

By David Gibson Religion News Service (RNS) Even before Mitt Romney swept the first three primaries in April, effectively ending Rick Santorum's p...

Losing Touch With One’s Followers

Simon Greer | Posted 06.05.2012 | Religion
Simon Greer

What happens when leaders lose touch with their followers? The Catholic community has been struggling with this challenge for years. The Jewish community may be following in its footsteps.

With God And Church On Their Side: Which God Is That?

Kevin Bermeister | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Kevin Bermeister

Political leaders will continue to milk audiences, manufacturing untruths that, while inaccurate, serve as the driving force toward political victories. Setting the desire for political victories aside, this dazzling Godly rhetoric is ultimately diverting.

Introducing The Faith Shift Series

John Montorio | Posted 05.29.2012 | Religion
John Montorio

This week, The Huffington Post begins a year-long series, called "Faith Shift," to explore and examine America's changing religious landscape.

Amish Buggy Legislation Wins Final Passage In Kentucky

AP | Posted 03.28.2012 | Religion

The Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – One vote remains before lawmakers allow the Amish to forgo a longstanding traffic safety measure in th...

When God Talks Back

Tanya Luhrmann | Posted 05.27.2012 | Religion
Tanya Luhrmann

Millions and millions of Americans experience themselves as having a personal relationship with God that is as vivid and intimate as a child's imaginary friend. Why has this way of imagining God become so popular?

11 Reasons I Have Not Left Church

Paul Wallace | Posted 05.23.2012 | Religion
Paul Wallace

As we all know, the American mainline is in free-fall. I myself am a sometimes angry and confused veteran of church conflict. Yet I remain.