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RNS News Quiz: Singing in church and atheists who watch Fox News

By Emily Churchill — May 29, 2021
(RNS) — Test your knowledge of the week's current events in the world of religion.

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.

Biden White House officials hold first meeting with atheist, secular groups

By Adelle M. Banks — May 17, 2021
(RNS) — The May 14 meeting followed previous meetings representatives of the secular community had with the Obama administration in 2010 and 2013.

I have faith: A secular response to tragedy

By Tzemah Yoreh — May 7, 2021
(RNS) — God won’t help us, but faith can. Not faith in any higher power, but faith in ourselves, in the collective power of humanity to effect change for the better.

Bob Abernethy, host and founder of ‘Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly,’ dies at 93

By Adelle M. Banks — May 3, 2021
(RNS) — ‘It has been a great privilege to report the many ways people of faith worship and serve others,’ he said as the show concluded.

Global pressure mounts for Nigerian atheist’s release after year in detention

By Fredrick Nzwili — April 30, 2021
(RNS) — The 37-year-old Bala, who recanted his Muslim faith in 2014, has faced numerous death threats and harassment, according to Humanist International.

Faith leaders praise Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdicts, acknowledge work ahead

By RNS staff — April 20, 2021
(RNS) — Religious leaders and faith-based organizations reacted swiftly to the verdicts.

The hollowing out of American religion

By Mark Silk — April 5, 2021
(RNS) — Its consequences for American politics are hard to exaggerate.

Survey: Most Americans know Biden is Catholic, far fewer know Harris’ religion

By Adelle M. Banks — March 30, 2021
(RNS) — Even among fellow Catholics, partisanship permeates views of Biden’s religion.

Gallup: Fewer than half of Americans belong to a church or other house of worship

By Bob Smietana — March 29, 2021
(RNS) — While Americans still believe in God, a growing number have dropped out of organized religion.

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.’

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.’

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.

“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.

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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