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The hollowing out of American religion

By Mark Silk — April 5, 2021

(RNS) — Its consequences for American politics are hard to exaggerate.

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Religious disaffiliation has risen in every generation, including even older Americans, though the sharpest spike in nones is occurring with the millennials.

The ‘nones’ are growing — and growing more diverse

By Jana Riess — March 24, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Church attendance is the first thing that goes, then belonging, and finally belief—in that order,’ says Ryan Burge, author of a new book on who is leaving religion and why. ‘Belief goes last.’

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Study: Most Black ‘nones’ believe in God or higher power, fewer pray regularly

By Adelle M. Banks — March 23, 2021

(RNS) — Nones comprise about one-fifth — 21% — of Black adults in the U.S. Eighteen percent say their religion is ‘nothing in particular.’

A gay pride flag flies along with the U.S. flag in front of a church in Prairie Village, Kansas, April 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Study: Americans overwhelmingly support LGBTQ nondiscrimination laws

By Yonat Shimron — March 23, 2021

(RNS) — The 2020 American Values Atlas study from PRRI finds that at least 60% of every U.S. religious group favors laws that would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. But religious leaders are another matter.

In the 1990s, the number of people with no religious affiliation (purple stars in the illustration) began to suddenly climb. Why?

“Allergic to religion”: Conservative politics can push people out of the pews, new study shows

By Jana Riess — March 12, 2021

Various studies have argued that one reason for the rapid rise of the “nones” may be a backlash against the actions of the Religious Right. Three political scientists have now proved that there’s a direct connection.

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Intention can turn any lockdown walk into pilgrimage, urges British Pilgrimage Trust

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 9, 2021

(RNS) — Pilgrimage is about traveling, about being a stranger in a strange land, according to the director. The pandemic flips that on its head.

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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.

Women are more likely to identify with a religion than men. (Stock / Getty Images)

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.

Lessie Carmichael-Dew of Arlington, Va., displays an elegant black straw hat at a “hat tea'' sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution's Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture in early February. The Baptist woman said her hat's ample width is a symbol of the depth of praise for her many blessings. Photo by Steven Cummings, courtesy Anacostia Museum

Can I get an amen? Black Americans’ faith, religious practice detailed in Pew study

By Adelle M. Banks — February 16, 2021

(RNS) — Senior researcher Besheer Mohamed said that for Black American church shoppers, ‘the race of a congregation and the race of leadership would be not that important.’

Grace Semler Baldridge speaks during a Preacher’s Kid Release Show livestream event, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. Video screengrab

LGBTQ singer-songwriter ‘GameStops’ Christian music with No. 1 Christian album on iTunes

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 10, 2021

(RNS) — ‘Preacher’s Kid’ carries a parental advisory for explicit lyrics and at turns lacerates youth group lock-ins and short-term mission trips — staples of an evangelical Christian upbringing — while professing a complicated faith.

Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. Photo courtesy AHA

American Humanist leader Roy Speckhardt stepping down to make room for diverse leaders

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 5, 2021

(RNS) — Speckhardt told Religion News Service his decision was prompted by a lot of ‘humanistic soul searching, especially during the pandemic.’

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, listens as President Joe Biden delivers remarks to State Department staff, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Secular groups praise Biden’s agenda but express concerns about religious rhetoric

By Jack Jenkins — February 4, 2021

WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘I worry that this administration’s idea of interfaith outreach may tend to exclude nonbelievers,’ said Sarah Levin, program director for Secular Democrats of America.

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RNS Valentine’s Day gift guide 2021: Sweet and silly ideas for February’s semireligious gift-giving occasions

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 26, 2021

(RNS) — Here are some silly, sweet and sincere gift ideas to show your affection for the people of faith — or no faith — in your life.

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