Ahead of the Trend
How much do Americans know about the faiths around them?
By Ryan Burge — February 15, 2023
(RNS) — And what helps us most to understand our neighbors’ faiths?
Is Catholic teaching on birth control driving people from the pews?
By Ryan Burge — January 10, 2023
More Americans stay away from church as pandemic nears year three
By Bob Smietana — January 5, 2023
Shopping for a new church? Your politics may determine which pew fits
By Bob Smietana — December 12, 2022
(RNS) — A new study examines the role that politics plays in how Americans choose a new church.
Did faith fall off a cliff during COVID? New study says no.
By Bob Smietana — November 14, 2022
(RNS) — Religious life in America was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. But did it lead to a loss of faith as well as a decline in churchgoing?
Religious groups with immigrant members grew fastest over past decade
By Yonat Shimron — November 11, 2022
(RNS) — A decennial study of US religious life shows that the number of participants in congregational services has not kept up with the overall population growth. But religious groups drawing large numbers of immigrants have seen steady growth.
Does education ‘cure’ people of faith? The data says no
By Ryan Burge — November 10, 2022
(RNS) — Despite a long-standing biased assumption among many that the uneducated cling to religion, studies show people with higher degrees are most likely to be religious.
Study: Religion and spirituality can aid youth mental health crisis
By Kathryn Post — October 19, 2022
(RNS) — Religion and spirituality could help remedy the youth mental health crisis, Springtide Research finds.
Even Christians who are Democrats are abandoning the Social Gospel
By Ryan Burge — October 6, 2022
(RNS) — Survey data show that church attendance, not party, is more likely to determine how Christians view the kingdom.
Survey: Confederate memorials still divide Americans and religion is a big predictor
By Yonat Shimron — September 28, 2022
(RNS) — Majorities of Protestants, Catholics and Mormons support efforts to preserve Confederate monuments and memorials, a PRRI survey finds.
Fewer than half of Americans may be Christian by 2070, according to new projections
By Bob Smietana — September 13, 2022
(RNS) — A new report projects Americans' future — a future where Christianity, though diminished, persists, while non-Christian faiths grow amid rising secularization.
‘God-denying’ women and self-replacing Christians: How religion changes birthrates
By Ryan Burge — September 8, 2022
(RNS) — Religion has become a part of the conversation about declining birthrates.
Studies suggest spiritual practices may prompt people to get off the mat and engage
By Yonat Shimron — August 18, 2022
(RNS) — Criticism of spirituality as inherently selfish may be overblown, according to two new studies that suggest people who are spiritual but not religious are civically and politically engaged.
Ayurveda’s spiritual science makes inroads among foodies and healers
By Richa Karmarkar — August 17, 2022
(RNS) — At the intersection of science and religion, the ancient art of ayurveda is attracting believers seeking to improve their health by treating soul and body.
Non-affirming views continue to complicate HIV/AIDS response in Black churches
By Richa Karmarkar — August 15, 2022
(RNS) — A new study highlights an overall negative attitude toward homosexuality in the Black church. Now, Black LGBT clergy members are working to combat stigma in congregations about the public health issues of HIV and AIDS.
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