(RNS) — Dueling sociologists can't agree on whether the most intensely religious segment of the American population is shrinking.
Women's ordination has an effect on women in the pews, a new national study finds. Congregations that give women the potential of gender equality in leadership can increase women's trust in, and commitment to, their religious communities.
(RNS) Long viewed as the most religious developed nation, America is slipping toward secularism, like the rest of the West, a new study finds.
(RNS) Behind the story of Christian decline and the rise of “nones” is a long-standing debate about what religion theorists call “secularization,” the broad process by which religion gradually loses its social influence.
(RNS) Gay and lesbian acceptance, increasing racial diversity and growing spontaneity in worship are among the findings in the latest National Congregations Study.
(RNS) For now, statements from church headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., focus less on gender and more on concern that regional church bodies have forged ahead with their own decisions without consensus from the wider denomination.
(RNS) The 2012 GOP ticket _ two Christians who are neither evangelical nor mainline Protestants _ isn't a major marker of social change, experts say, but rather a refection of today's wider, less brand-specific Christian culture. By Cathy Lynn Grossman.
(RNS) Unbelief is on the uptick. People who check "None" for their religious affiliation are now nearly one in five Americans (19 percent), the highest ever documented, according to the Pew Center for the People and the Press. By Cathy Lynn Grossman.