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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.
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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.

Study: Multiracial churches growing, but racial unity may be elusive

By Yonat Shimron — November 12, 2020
(RNS) — Diversity is a one-way street, the new study found. In nearly all cases, Blacks are joining mostly white congregations. Few whites join predominantly Black churches.

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.

Study finds that queer Christians quit the church twice as much as others

By Kathryn Post — November 6, 2020
(RNS) — A study in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion strongly associated queer identity with a decision to attend church less frequently or stop going altogether.
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