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Why Are Religious Survey Results So Confusing?
Originally Posted: 11/18/2014 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

Reading religion surveys can seem like confronting the Tower of Babel: stacked questions, confusing terms, unscientific methodology. It gets even crazier when results are contradictory. How does that happen? ...

Catholic Church Losing Ground in Latin America
Originally Posted: 11/13/2014 - 1:14pm | Type: Blog

In just one generation, Latin America has seen the number of people who identify themselves as Catholic plummet, with more people becoming Protestant or dropping religion altogether, a new report shows. ...

Online, Offline Faith Go Hand in Hand
Originally Posted: 11/07/2014 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

“It’s the people who attend church most often who are most likely to engage in online religious activity.” God bless online media. Almost half of U.S. adults (46 percent) say they ...

Embattled Evangelicals: ‘War on Religion’ is Aimed at Us
Originally Posted: 09/24/2014 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

These are anxious times for white evangelicals, according to two new surveys. These are anxious times for white evangelicals, according to two new surveys. At 20 percent of U.S ...

Religion Loses Clout: Why Many Say That’s a Bad Thing
Originally Posted: 09/22/2014 - 12:17pm | Type: Blog

More Americans today say religion’s influence is losing ground just when they want it to play a stronger role in public life and politics. More Americans today say  religion’s in ...

Why Evangelicals' Love for Jews Is a Case of Unrequited Love
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 8:07am | Type: Blog

According to a new survey, white evangelical Christians feel a lot of warmth toward Jews. According to a new survey, white evangelical Christians feel a lot of warmth toward Jews. ...

Americans View Jews, Christians Warmly; Atheists, Muslims Get Cold Shoulder
Originally Posted: 07/16/2014 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

A new Pew Research survey finds U.S. adults feel most warmly about people who share their religion or those they know as family, friends or co-workers. A new Pew Research survey f ...

Forget Republican or Democrat: Americans Divide by Their Values
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

Toss out the party and ideology labels: Republican, Democrat, conservative, liberal. Toss out the party and ideology labels: Republican, Democrat, conservative, liberal. The Pe ...

Hispanic Catholics Differ with Evangelicals — and with the Church
Originally Posted: 05/08/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

The Pew Research Center’s look at “The Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos in the United States” also examined their beliefs, behavior, and views on social issues. The Pew Rese ...

Bible Survey: Many Americans Scramble Their Scripture
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 5:05pm | Type: Blog

The Bible encourages the “repression of women,” and it’s silent on such fraught topics as war or slavery. The Bible encourages the “repression of women,” and it’s silent on such f ...

Most Voters Favor Prayer, Minus Jesus, at Public Meetings
Originally Posted: 04/22/2014 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on the constitutionality of prayer at public meetings. But a new survey finds U.S. voters clearly favor prayer – as long the public prayer is generic and not specifically ...

Behind the Numbers: Religious 'Nones' May Not Be Who You Think They Are
Originally Posted: 03/13/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

In recent surveys, the religious “nones” — as in, “none of the above” — appear to lead in the faith marketplace. In fact, “none” could soon be the dominant label U.S. adults pick when asked to describe their r ...

5.3 Billion People Face Harsh Religious Freedom Restrictions
Originally Posted: 01/14/2014 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

Global religious hostilities reached a six-year high in 2012 and affected more people than government curbs on religious freedom. Global religious hostilities reached a six-year h ...

Pope Francis Launches Commission to Tackle Sex Abuse
Originally Posted: 12/05/2013 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is creating a special commission to deal with the clergy sexual abuse crisis on a global scale, a step that comes amid growing criticism that Francis had not given sufficient attention to the scan ...

Americans Divided on Facing Death: Fight It, Choose It, or Let It Come
Originally Posted: 11/22/2013 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

Death may be inevitable, but one in three Americans – including most blacks and Hispanics – want doctors to never quit fighting it. Death may be inevitable, but one in three Ameri ...

Asian-Americans Troubled by Stereotypes from White Evangelicals
Originally Posted: 10/14/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

Asian-American Christians are voicing concerns over how they’re depicted by white evangelicals, most recently at a conference hosted by Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in California. ...

U.S. Jews Diverge on Israel: Strong Ties Despite Disagreements
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

Where once it seemed that uncritical devotion to Israel was the norm for U.S Jews, that Zionism and Judaism were hand-in-glove, new research finds that’s not the case today — if it ever was. ...

Being Jewish Means Being Funny, and That’s No Joke
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 12:41pm | Type: Blog

Yoo-hoo! Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart, Larry David! No matter how unreligious you comics may be, American Jews seem proud to claim you. Yoo-hoo! Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart, Larr ...

Al-Jazeera America Joins U.S. Cable Television Noise
Originally Posted: 09/18/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

Before its Aug. 20 launch, officials at Al-Jazeera America emphasized that, despite its Middle Eastern roots and ownership, the fledgling cable news network would be aimed squarely at a U.S. audience. ...

Study Shows Minorities Most Likely to Favor Longer Lives
Originally Posted: 08/08/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

Noah’s grandfather Methuselah lived to the ripe old age of 969 and Moses reached 120, but most Americans would be happy to make it into their 90s, according to a new study. Noah ...

Study Says Gays Find Most U.S. Faiths Unfriendly
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

Gay Americans are much less religious than the general U.S. population, and about 3-in-10 of them say they have felt unwelcome in a house of worship, a new study shows. Gay Americ ...

Both Sides See Gay Marriage as ‘Inevitable’
Originally Posted: 06/10/2013 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

About 72 percent of Americans say legal recognition of same-sex marriage is “inevitable,” according to a survey released Thursday. About 72 percent of Americans say legal recogni ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Feb. 2, 2012
Originally Posted: 02/02/2012 - 5:45pm | Type: Blog

In anticipation of Sunday's festivities, Jimmy Fallon interviews Bruce Macabee, the puppy who predicted the Patriots to win. L.L. Bean celebrates it's 100th birthday in a fun way, Darren Aronofsky wa ...

Who Did Evangelicals Vote for in the Florida GOP Primary?
Originally Posted: 02/01/2012 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

The Pew Research Center reports on yesterday’s GOP primary in Florida: “New analysis of the Florida primary by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life based on results from the National Election Pool (NEP) shows that Mitt Romney received ...

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West's 'Poverty Tour'
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Cornel West just wrapped up their 18-city "Poverty Tour." The aim of their trip, which traversed through Wisconsin, Detroit, Washington, D.C., and th ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: The Politics and Pain of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

Study on Budget Cuts Finds Evangelicals' Social Priorities 'Have Faded'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100302-evangelicals-federa.jpg"></a>According to a <a href="http://people-press.org/report/702/" target="_blank">new survey ...

Young Evangelicals Must Champion Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In some ways, 2010 was a great year for evangelicals who have longed for the church to stand for just and <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/immigration/">compassionate immigration reform</a& ...

Is He a Christian, a Muslim, or a Cactus? Why Can't We Just Believe President Obama?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/10/01/is-he-a-christian-a-muslim-or-a-cactus-why-cant-we-just-believe-president-obama/" target="_blank"></a>I received a letter this ...

Which Party is the Biggest Spender? A. Democrats B. Republicans C. All of the Above
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In a recent <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/23/opinion/23brooks.html"><em>New York Times</em> column, David Brooks</a> laments the loss of the political center. ...

Why Are People Poor?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Why are people poor? </em>I remember being asked this question 10 years ago while training for a program I was volunteering with. Why are people poor? I rememb ...

Are Christians More Compassionate Towards Immigrants?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I am heartened by a new analysis of data from a <a href="http://people-press.org/report/274/americas-immigration-quandary">2006 Pew Research Center poll</a>, which indicates that people w ...

Gender, Genetics, and God
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

"The difference between men and women," the humorist Dave Barry says, "is that, if given the choice between saving the life of an infant or catching a fly ball, a woman will automatically choose ...

Talking to the New Evangelical Voters
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

During the final week of the 2000 presidential election, I was in the fall semester of my freshman year in college, feeling incredibly hungry-hungrier than I had ever been before. ...