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Curmudgeons or not, atheists like those of other faiths more than Christians do, study finds

By Bob Smietana — July 2, 2021
(RNS) —  A new study found that, while Christians look down on atheists, atheists have positive views of religious folks.
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Pagan politics are not as uniform (or liberal) as you think

By Heather Greene — May 26, 2021
(RNS) — One of the few formal surveys of this understudied religious population found pagans' political leanings to be hard to pin down.

Republicans and Democrats switch sides on religion vs. science

By Carol Kuruvilla — May 25, 2021
(RNS) — Mistrust of the scientific community is affecting the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. But research suggests the religion and science debate wasn’t always this divisive.

Will COVID-19 finally be the end of the church collection plate?

By Bob Smietana — April 22, 2021
(RNS) — COVID-19 and the rise of a cashless society may make passing the collection plate, which once was crucial to church finances, less important.

Barring women as leaders in church may be bad for their health, new study finds

By Bob Smietana — April 19, 2021
(RNS) — Past studies have shown participating in religious services and in the life of a religious community can be good for your health.

Study: Multiracial Methodist churches draw and keep more people than their white counterparts

By Yonat Shimron — April 16, 2021
(RNS) — The 6.6 million-member United Methodist Church is predominantly white. But its racially diverse congregations are faring better than white churches at a time when the denomination as a whole is experiencing declining attendance.

Like Beth Moore, many women preachers have had to break free to follow God’s call

By Bob Smietana — March 29, 2021
(RNS) — For women preachers, following their call has often conflicted with the rules put forth by their churches — even though people in the pews are open to a woman in the pulpit.

How pleading ‘sexual addiction’ protects evangelical men

By Kelsy Burke, Samuel L. Perry — March 19, 2021
(RNS) — Given Long's exposure to Christian porn addiction recovery rhetoric, it likely contributed to his claim that his out-of-control sex addiction fueled his atrocious violence.

Being ‘godless’ might be good for your health, new study finds

By Bob Smietana — March 4, 2021
(RNS) — Several new studies are challenging the idea that being an atheist leads to poor health.

When it comes to building trust, belonging beats belief, study finds

By Bob Smietana — January 28, 2021
(RNS) — A new study found that those who belong to a religious group or go to services have higher levels of trust than those who have stronger individual belief.

Want your kids to follow in your faith? Take a page from religious conservatives.

By Jesse Smith — January 19, 2021
(RNS) — The children of religious conservatives retain their faith as adults, in part at least because the parents talk to them about God.

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.
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