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Ryan Burge

Ryan Burge is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Ryan Burge

How America’s youth lost its religion in 1990s

By Ryan Burge — April 13, 2022
(RNS) — We are living in the aftermath of one of the most dramatic demographic shifts in American history.

Who is best suited to protect religious liberty? It may depend on whom you voted for.

By Ryan Burge — March 16, 2022
(RNS) — Just 8% of Democrats under Trump believed that the president was a worthy champion of religious liberty.

Americans support religious freedom — as long as it’s convenient for everyone

By Ryan Burge — February 15, 2022
(RNS) — Speaking in generalities about religious freedom will always win admirers.

How religious is your average 22-year-old? A new golden age of survey data opens a door

By Ryan Burge — November 5, 2021
(RNS) — A decade ago, we couldn’t answer many questions on American faith habits with accuracy.

Is God good for America? Depends whom you ask.

By Ryan Burge — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — Most Americans see religion as good for society. Those on the extremes disagree.

‘OK millennial’: Don’t blame the boomers for decline of religion in America

By Ryan Burge — August 30, 2021
(RNS) — It was the millennials, not the boomers, who walked away from church.

Abortion just isn’t the motivating issue for evangelicals it once was

By Ryan Burge — August 9, 2021
(RNS) — Studies show white evangelicals, by and large, do not have a hard-line approach to abortion — other issues like immigration and race are taking priority over advocating for the unborn.

The high cost of becoming a none for American Muslims

By Ryan Burge — July 7, 2021
(RNS) — Understanding why people leave any faith is key to understanding America’s future.

Who are the Southern Baptists and why is their 2021 annual meeting so divided?

By Ryan Burge — June 15, 2021
(RNS) — Skirmishes over race and gender pit conservatives against ultraconservatives.

As a pastor I pray my flock comes back. As a religion demographer I’m more realistic.

By Ryan Burge — March 9, 2021
(RNS) — Secularization is like globalization. Before we were aware of either, they had become impossible to stop.

Faith in numbers: Behind the gender difference of nonreligious Americans

By Ryan Burge — February 17, 2021
(The Conversation) — Men are in general more likely than women to describe themselves as atheists, agnostics or nothing in particular.

Think US evangelicals are dying out? Well, define evangelicalism …

By Ryan Burge — January 26, 2021
(RNS) — The term “evangelical” may be in disfavor, there's no sign that people are less willing to take on the label.

What Americans believe about violence against the government

By Ryan Burge — January 14, 2021
(RNS) — The relationship between partisanship and support for violence against government is clear. Church attendance does not appear to fuel the fire — nor tamp it down.

America elected a female vice president. Now will it put women in the pulpit?

By Ryan Burge — December 9, 2020
(RNS) — While women are changing the world of electoral politics, their progress in the world of religion is downright glacial.

The GOP’s Catholic voter problem

By Ryan Burge — 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.
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