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Fewer Americans now think churches are important to solving social problems

August 10th, 2016 at 6:07 am » Comments Off

Religious leaders and institutions have taken part in efforts to address important social issues throughout American history, from slavery to civil rights to today’s advocacy in areas such as reducing poverty. But Americans appear to be growing more skeptical of how much of a difference churches and other houses of worship make in tackling social […]

Chart shows the surprising links between faith and evolution and climate denial

May 25th, 2015 at 1:19 pm » Comments Off

For a long time, the discussion about the relationship between religious beliefs and the rejection of science, has been pretty confused, especially its two most prominent U.S. incarnations, evolution denial and climate change denial.  

Why kids (and adults) should play outside

June 22nd, 2014 at 8:17 am » Comments Off

Kids who play outdoors have a stronger spiritual connection to the Earth. A new study, published in the Journal of the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture found that  children who play outdoors have a stronger sense of purpose and self-fulfilment than those who don’t.    

Top religion in the U.S. is christianity. Here’s the second-top in each state.

June 9th, 2014 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

In the U.S., Christianity is the largest religion by a wide margin: more than three-quarters of Americans identify as Christians. Buddhism is second. The data comes from a 2010 census sponsored by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies.  

Which Requires More Faith, Science or Religion?

April 11th, 2014 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: For the past several months I’ve been wrestling with this topic, and how to discuss it from a centrist viewpoint.    

Scientists have no faith in science

November 18th, 2013 at 10:10 am » Comments Off

Why do scientists have no faith in science? Those who claim that science and religion are compatible tend to argue that science, like religion, rests on faith: faith in the accuracy of what we observe, in the laws of nature, or in the value of reason. Daniel Sarewitz, director of a science policy center at Arizona […]

There is more depression among clergy than the general population: Study

September 2nd, 2013 at 5:01 pm » Comments Off

Clergy members are at a higher risk of depression. Using phone surveys and written questionnaires, researchers from the Clergy Health Initiative at Duke Divinity School decided to look into the mental health of members of the clergy.  They interviewed over 1,700 United Methodist pastors, and found that depression is about 1.6 times higher in that group compared to […]

Almost half of U.S. adults say growth of nonreligious bad for American society

July 10th, 2013 at 8:28 am » Comments Off

Forty-eight percent of Americans say the growing number of “people who are not religious” is bad for American society. But a similar share say either that this trend is good or that it does not make much difference, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.    

50% of Americans find Atheism ‘threatening’: Survey

June 29th, 2013 at 9:00 am » Comments Off

The U.S. loves religion and spirituality. A German non-profit, the Bertelsmann Stiftung, researches, publishes, and “stimulates debate” on a variety of societal issues. They just released the results of their 2013 Religion Monitor in which they analyzed responses to a 100-question survey regarding religion/politics completed by 14,000 individuals in 13 countries.    

Seventy-seven percent of Americans see religious influence decreasing, but most want more: Gallup

May 31st, 2013 at 9:58 am » Comments Off

The survey represents some of the lowest ratings Americans have given to religious influence in the U.S. in 40 years. Seventy-seven percent of Americans believe that religion’s influence in the nation is waning, yet also think society would be better off if more Americans were religious, according to a new survey.    

Can scientific breakthroughs lead to faith?

May 1st, 2013 at 11:42 am » Comments Off

Leading scientists employ science itself in arguments for believing in a kind of supernatural. Science and religion has had a relationship that has always been vexed. Most scientists are nonbelievers, convinced that there is no deity, or at least that there is no convincing evidence of one. Even those who are believers, like Francis Collins, […]

More Americans than ever before “have no religious affiliation”: Survey

March 14th, 2013 at 9:42 am » Comments Off

Americans in almost every demographic group increasingly claim “no religion.” The number of Americans who are not religious is on the rise. Researchers from University of California, Berkeley and Duke University went through the recently-released results of the biennial General Social Survey and found that…    

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