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Decline of Religion

Giving Up, Giving Down

Martin Marty | Posted 08.23.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago...

6 Questions Christians Should Just Start Asking

Steve McSwain | Posted 08.12.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

It is way past time for the Church to let go of its own collective ego and get real with life and faith and the big issues of our time.

Some Needed Changes

Richard Brand | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Richard Brand

The Christian Church has blessed and become entangled in too many marginal issues. It has become the marketing agent for Hallmark cards, the blesser of wars and military actions, the cheerleader for patriotism and the endorser of all kinds of social policies.

God, Revised: The Atheists Are Half Right

Rev. Galen Guengerich | Posted 08.10.2013 | Religion
Rev. Galen Guengerich

Conventional wisdom suggests otherwise, saying that science is more likely to kill religion than rescue it, but I'm convinced that science is the last best hope for religion in the modern world.

My Wife Is Not A Rotisserie Chicken Or Leaky Faucet

Morgan Guyton | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Complementarian megachurch pastors are like pitchers who only throw 40-mile-an-hour change-ups. It feels cheap and dirty to swing at their pitches, but I'm genuinely bothered by what I've been hearing lately from that strange foreign land where Christians believe that wives are supposed to submit to their husbands.

The Future Of Faith

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

Christianity is being reshaped through an intense global interest in spiritual experience and personal faith. As old structures of religious life erode, new patterns of faith are forming.

Finding A ‘Third Way' On The Role Of Religion In Public Life

Oleksandr Feldman | Posted 06.22.2013 | Religion
Oleksandr Feldman

We must find a "third way" between upholding religion as the solution to all of society's ills and dismissing it as unfit for the public square. Seeking that balance is the principle agenda of the upcoming third annual Kiev Interfaith Forum.

How To Avoid A Religious Apocalypse: 6 Changes The Church Needs To Make

Christine Organ | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Christine Organ

Study after study tells us that Americans are leaving religion in droves, with the number of spiritual but not religious increasing dramatically. Though some of these predictions may be an over-dramatization, significant changes in organized religion are inevitable and necessary.

Religion Has Nothing To Fear From The 'Nones'

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Hardly a month goes by when we don't read about the decline or collapse of organized religion in America. But religion -- including the organized sort -- remains vital and vibrant, defying the predictions of doom that appear with numbing regularity.

The Four Children Of American Judaism

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg | Posted 05.25.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

The four children of Passover -- the wise child, the wicked child, the simple child and the one who does not know how to ask -- get a lot of play this time of year. They're profound blueprints for the spiritual journey. In fact, they could be understood as stages in the religious growth of many American Jews.

The Last Catholic High School For Boys Considering Priesthood

Angela Jimenez | Posted 05.21.2013 | Religion
Angela Jimenez

There used to be many of these schools, and now there are almost none. This is a trend that mirrors the overall decline in the number of priests in the United States.

Katherine Bindley

Record Number Of Americans Claim No Religious Affiliation: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Katherine Bindley | Posted 03.14.2013 | Religion

The number of Americans who claim to have no religious affiliation is the highest it has ever been since data on the subject started being collected i...

What We Talk About When We Talk About 'God'

Rob Bell | Posted 05.12.2013 | Religion
Rob Bell

I realize that when I use the word God, there's a good chance I'm stepping on all kinds of land mines. Is there a more volatile word loaded down with more history, assumptions and expectations than that tired, old, relevant, electrically charged, provocative, fresh, antiquated yet ubiquitous as ever word God?

10 Things Church Can Learn From Geeks

Mark Sandlin | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

I won't actually go as far as to say that there was a misquote in the Bible, and it should have read, "The geek shall inherit the Earth," but maybe it's something worth looking into?

Opening 1,000 Doors: Houses Of Hospitality And The Promise Of The Church

Wayne Meisel | Posted 05.08.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

Houses of Hospitality will deliver the powerful message of welcome and inclusivity to a generation and it will make churches a central part of the service movement, which is where it needs to be. All it takes is a desire to do it and the decision to follow through. It is called the Gospel.

The Diminished Retributive God

Eldon Taylor | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Eldon Taylor

If we are all a part of god, then god's retribution is somewhat analogous to the idea of cutting off our nose to spite our face. So does that mean that bad goes unpunished by this god?

Christians And The American 'Baby Bust'

Kate Blanchard | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

People concerned about falling birth rates could more constructively spend their energy loving the neighbors they already have.

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."

With The Pope's Resignation, Everything Has Changed

Nancy Dallavalle | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Nancy Dallavalle

Bottom line: If the pope can resign, the rest of us can say goodbye to the cult of suffering and the cultic exaltation of the priesthood -- and we can welcome women to the pulpit, the poor to our table, and the laity to the exercise of their own common sense.

5 Hopeful Signs For U.S. Congregations

David Briggs | Posted 04.24.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

The number of Americans with no religious affiliation continues to rise. Fewer young people are going to church. And the effects of recession have placed greater burdens on religious institutions in a time of shrinking resources. Yet there are also more hopeful trends about the health and mission of houses of worship.

A New Pope Is Good For Humanists

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

For humanists, the selection of the next pope is a win-win situation. Either a more humanistic modernizing force will be elected to help bring the church into the 21st century, or a conservative traditionalist will be chosen and continue the Catholic flight from faith.

What Happens When We Name The Nones

Steven Ramey | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Steven Ramey

Although some scholars have used the label since at least the 1960s, the ongoing discussions about Nones have popularized this new identity out of nothing. And this has significant potential to influence society.

Much Ado About 'Nones'

Matthew Myer Boulton | Posted 03.27.2013 | Religion
Matthew Myer Boulton

If you're a reader of the New York Times, you'd have good reason to the conclusion that the United States -- and indeed the world -- is becoming less and less religious. And yet, this is misleading.

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...

Attack Of The Spiritual But Not Religious

Kate Blanchard | Posted 12.05.2012 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

Alan Miller hopes for a humanist culture full of "inspiring alternatives" that "inspire and engage," and in which people's ethics and behaviors are built on, as he puts it, "something beyond themselves." It seems to me that this will require making room for SBNRs.