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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.

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.

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.

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.’

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.

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.'

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.

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.

2021 might be unpredictable, but don’t ditch your datebook. Planning can be a spiritual exercise

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 15, 2021
(RNS) —  The beginning of another pandemic year largely locked down at home, the future still uncertain, may be the perfect time to flip the page in a new planner.
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