In lockdown, our longing for the world could be the antidote to our spiritual anorexia
(RNS) — I’ve started cycling again. It’s exercise not as expensive commodity but an embrace of what it means to be in the world.
National Day of Prayer, reshaped by pandemic, includes interfaith and online events
(RNS) — In its 69th year, the observance — often predominated by evangelical Christians gathering in public places — will feature interfaith and even international voices on computer screens and cellphones.
New report finds nonreligious people face stigma and discrimination
(RNS) — A new study finds that nonreligious people face discrimination and stigma, conceal their nonreligious identities and largely see themselves as atheists and humanists.
Is the rise of the nones slowing? Scholars say maybe
(RNS) — Three political scientists say Generation Z, broadly defined as Americans born after 1996, doesn’t look any less religious than the millennial generation that came before.
Atheists prefer cats, Christians love dogs, study shows
(RNS) — New questions on the General Social Survey reveal some interesting connections between faith and pets.
How we all became Jedis
(RNS) — After nearly 40 years, the Star Wars saga is almost complete, and the decades-long journey of the Jedi is ending. But the spiritual legacy of the Jedi is sure to last much longer.
Dear Democrats: Four religion requests from non-religious Americans
(RNS) — While by no means our only matter of concern, toning down talk of faith in politics would show some respect to what is rapidly becoming the largest ‘religious’ group in the country.
Christianity as we know it is dying. Let’s welcome the new life ahead.
(RNS) — A new survey confirms that people aren’t leaving faith; they are leaving Christianity. Imagine if, instead of preserving dying institutions, we used our time and money to transform how we do good in the world?
Kenyan atheist demands Quakers revoke his membership
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Harrison Mumia, president of the Atheists in Kenya Society, applied to the church to cancel his membership and remove any records associated with him, since he no longer considers himself a Christian.
Tennessee pastor posts video burning book that critiques Christian nationalism
(RNS) — A conservative evangelical pastor in Tennessee posted a video of himself on social media burning a book by an atheist lawyer who argued the U.S. was not built as a Christian nation.
American faith groups agree: Trump should act more presidential
(RNS) — American faith groups are just as divided as political parties — disagreeing about immigration policy, climate change and the future of the country, according to a new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute. One thing they do agree on is that they wish President Trump would act more presidential.
Pew report: Older US Christians being quickly replaced by young ‘nones’
(RNS) — The latest survey shows Christians have declined by 12 percentage points over the past decade.
Secular Student Alliance has seen growth at religiously affiliated colleges
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Two roommates are starting Fordham University’s first Secular Student Alliance chapter — one of 10 new chapters that have been started recently at religiously affiliated schools.
Glamour and unattainability is out. Spiritual refreshment is in
(RNS) — Today’s advertisements are designed to evoke different and more numinous emotions: spiritual well-being, an inward journey, a moral sensibility. We’re buying the very things that organized religion used to provide us for free.
Just like political parties, religious groups see their rivals as extremists
(RNS) — White evangelicals and atheists sum up the political landscape the same way: “My party is moderate and sensible, while the other party is filled with extremists.”