A religious circumcision. The Bundestag hurriedly passed some strange new legislation last month: the “Circumcision Law.” The law guarantees the right for parents to have their children circumcised. This was the government’s answer to a passionate and uncomfortable five-month debate over the practice, in which religious minorities and their supporters clashed with a cabal of […]
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Airplanes are banned from flying during Azan. The parliament in Iran has banned airplanes from flying in the country during the Azan call to Islamic prayer and allowed to take off only after 30 minutes has passed to give passengers time to fulfill their religious duties, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Wednesday.
Eight in 1o people identify with a religious group. More than eight-in-ten people identify with a religious group worldwide. A comprehensive demographic study of more than 230 countries and territories conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life estimates that there are 5.8 billion religiously affiliated adults and children around the […]
The latest bombing in Nigeria shows how Christians are increasingly suffering for their faith. Can you imagine the unspeakable fury that would erupt across the Islamic world if a Christian-led government in Khartoum had been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Sudanese Muslims over the past 30 years. Or if Christian gunmen […]
The “nones” are far from godless. Many pray, believe in God and have regular spiritual routines. One in five U.S. adults say they are not part of a traditional religious denomination, new data from the Pew Research Center show, evidence of an unprecedented reshuffling of Americans’ spiritual identities that is shaking up fields from charity […]
Hybrid cars are safer for occupants. People who drive hybrid cars are significantly less likely to be injured in an accident because their heavy batteries make the vehicles safer than traditional cars, according to an insurance industry report released Thursday.
Religious beliefs have a high level of influence with voters. Even though church attendance in western democracies has declined, a new University of Missouri study shows religious beliefs still influence people at the polls.
Frequent churchgoers frequently fatter. An inactive lifestyle, watching TV and eating too many fatty foods are all to blame for many Americans being overweight and obese. We may have to add religion to that list.
You can throw away the stress balls, prayer helps. Suffering from excessive anger or aggression? Well, throw away your stress balls. A series of studies conducted at three universities show that praying helps dissipate your anger, whether or not it helps the person you are praying for.
Largest churches in the U.S. see a decline in membership. Mainline Protestant denominations in the United States continue their decades-long membership decline, while the membership in Pentecostal churches are on the rise, according to new figures compiled by the National Council of Churches.
It seems as though the Catholic Church really really wants us to go to confession, so much so that apparently it has sanctioned a new iPhone app aimed at bringing some of the wandering sheep back into the fold. (video)
Americans stretch the truth about going to church. A new University of Michigan study finds that Americans are much more likely to stretch the truth about their attendance at religious services than are people in many other countries.