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The eternal truth behind the SBC presidential vote: Location, location, location

By Ryan Burge — June 16, 2022
(RNS) — Conservative Baptists may be looking ahead to getting on home turf next year.
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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.

Study: Women of no faith face discrimination — when they are seen at all

By Alejandra Molina — March 22, 2022
(RNS) — ‘Nonreligious Women in America’ details the extent to which women conceal their nonreligious identities, as well as the isolation, stigma and discrimination they face.

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.

Study: Black Catholics in US are a tiny minority increasingly drawing on immigrants

By Yonat Shimron — March 15, 2022
(RNS) — Only 68% of Black Catholics are U.S.-born. The rest are from Africa, the Caribbean or South America.

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.

The deadly dogmatism of Christian nationalism

By Samuel L. Perry — January 28, 2022
(RNS) — Christian nationalism is the leading predictor that white Americans are more dogmatic.

Scholar: America is still reacting to the religious right, in more ways than one

By Jack Jenkins — January 13, 2022
(RNS) — The shadow of the religious right is long, and may be hindering the ability of modern-day Christian conservatives to stifle radicalism.

Violence isn’t the only way Christian nationalism endangers democracy

By Samuel L. Perry — January 5, 2022
(RNS) — The threat of voter suppression is perhaps more destructive because its influence is more subtle and its effects more consequential.

Does religion make people more likely to welcome refugees? It’s complicated.

By Carol Kuruvilla — December 6, 2021
(RNS) — A new study investigates how religion shapes Europeans’ attitudes toward migrants.

‘Sinning in the Rain’: New study finds crimes go up when it rains on Sundays

By Bob Smietana — December 2, 2021
(RNS) — A new study shows rain can interrupt church-going and may lead to more of certain kinds of crime.

Why the minichurch is the latest trend in American religion

By Bob Smietana — November 16, 2021
(RNS) — While megachurches often make headlines, most of the congregations in the United States are relatively small.

Some churches got mega PPP loans. A few got tiny ones.

By Bob Smietana — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — While some congregations got multi-million-dollar PPP loans, some got tiny loans by accident. Two churches got loans for $666.
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