03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

The Religious Decade: 2000 To 2010

The first decade of the new millennium was marked by rapid economic and technological globalization. As the original superpower, religion reasserted its perennial influence in both national and international affairs. The following 10 stories show the breadth of religious actors and events and how deeply they affected the last 10 years of American and world history.