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Religion in America

8 Reasons Religion Will Help Define The Path To The White House

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 06.28.2012 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

As sophisticated and postmodern as Americans believe themselves to be, a Gallop poll in 2011 revealed that 20 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of Democrats will not vote for a Mormon.

10 Things You Need To Know About Religious Liberty

Sally Steenland | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Sally Steenland

To hear the dire warnings of conservatives, you would think that religious liberty in this country is hanging by a thread. Such claims are apocalyptic. They are also wrong.

How Religious Are Americans, Really?!

Nigel Barber | Posted 08.26.2012 | Science
Nigel Barber

Religion remains stronger here than in Europe whether one looks at objective evidence or self reports. But that is not saying much.

Hungering For The Spiritual In Culture?

Greg Perreault | Posted 08.07.2012 | Religion
Greg Perreault

In the religious landscape, one of the most interesting changes in our society is the growing number of "Nones" -- people who are unaffiliated religiously but may still believe in a God. Two books I've read recently are emblematic of this.

Gov. Bryant, There Is No 'Non-Denominational' School Prayer

Zinnia Jones | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Zinnia Jones

When the civil government decides that a certain faith should be honored in schools and other public institutions, it positions itself as the arbiter of which religious beliefs are true or false.

Letting You Leave Church

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

It's dicey to say, hard to hear and runs the risk of sounding flippant, yet I see it as a necessary act of truth-telling for the sake of the Church: If you're not being spiritually fed within this church's walls, please, be blessed as you seek another faith community to encourage you.

Getting Churchy In A Time Of Chaos And Hate

Gary Nelson | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Gary Nelson

Always one to tell others that religion has been a crutch for the weak and the cause of everything abhorrent, I had to eat a little crow. I found something I was looking for in the most unlikely of places.

A New World

Richard Brand | Posted 07.31.2012 | Religion
Richard Brand

My neighbors are not happy. But the removal of the public support for the Christian faith is good news for the Christian community.

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.