Ryan Burge

Ryan Burge is an author at Religion News Service.

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The GOP’s Catholic voter problem

November 6, 2020

(RNS) — It’s no coincidence that three Rust Belt states with large populations of Catholics helped put the Democrats back in the White House in January of 2021.

The 2020 election’s most crucial faith group is one you’ve never heard of

October 15, 2020

(RNS) — The ‘nothing in particulars,’ a subset of the famous nones, have grown to become 20% of the U.S. over the past decade, even as their political allegiances have shifted dramatically.

Are Democrats ‘spiritual’ and Republicans ‘religious’? It’s not that simple.

October 6, 2020

(RNS) — A new survey suggests that the ‘God gap’ may actually be better defined as a spirituality gap. But there is plenty of room on both sides for peace, inspiration and love.

On LGBT and women’s equality, stark statistical reality is coming for white evangelicals

August 7, 2020

(RNS) — As a social scientist who is also a pastor, I’m sympathetic to the view that God can change young people’s hearts on these hot-button issues. But I see no evidence of divine intervention in the data.

Surveys suggest protests, not pandemic, have lost Trump white evangelical support

June 24, 2020

(RNS) — Since the protests against the killing of George Floyd began a month ago, a survey shows a 10 percentage point swing among white evangelicals to Joe Biden.

Racial resentment varies widely among religious groups

June 9, 2020

(RNS) — More than 60% of white evangelical Christians scored a 3 or 4 on the scale, as did half of white Catholics.

Survey shows faith can prosper in online services

May 13, 2020

(RNS) — A recent Pew survey also allayed fears that there are large demographic disparities when it comes to accessing streaming services.

Why this Baptist pastor signed up his church for a Paycheck Protection Program loan

April 21, 2020

(RNS) — The Paycheck Protection Program could be a godsend for a small Baptist church, despite concerns about separation of church and state.

Why mainline Protestants might fear COVID-19 the most

March 11, 2020

(RNS) — If COVID-19 becomes a true global pandemic, it would deeply affect mainline Protestant churches, seven of which rank in the 10 religious traditions in the United States with the oldest, and therefore most vulnerable, members.

The age of nones may favor churches that welcome doubters

January 14, 2020

(RNS) — Can people who are plagued with doubt feel welcomed by a church that is filled with those who are certain about what they believe?

Atheists prefer cats, Christians love dogs, study shows

January 7, 2020

(RNS) — New questions on the General Social Survey reveal some interesting connections between faith and pets.

Will young white evangelicals turn their backs on Trump?

December 16, 2019

(RNS) — On social issues, younger evangelicals are drifting toward the center. But the data is mixed on whether they can stomach voting for anyone but the GOP.

How many Americans believe Trump is anointed by God?

November 25, 2019

(RNS) — Over the weekend, Rick Perry, the U.S. secretary of energy, became the latest highly placed evangelical Christian to claim that President Trump is the “chosen one.”  “I said you were,” Perry said in a clip from an interview shown on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends,” relating a recent conversation with Trump about an August […]

People of faith are heard online — but the partisans are winning

November 18, 2019

(RNS) — The bad news is that the most outspoken religious people on social media are no less partisan than anyone else. The good news is that they are likely speaking to a silent majority of political pragmatists.

Why Joe Biden, blue-collar Catholic icon, may not be enough for the Dems to win

October 22, 2019

(RNS) — Donald Trump has retained his support among the white Catholics who make up 75% of the church and may actually be gaining some ground among nonwhite Catholics.

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