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U.S. Majority: Belief in God Not Necessary for Moral Behavior
U.S. Majority: Belief in God Not Necessary for Moral Behavior

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A majority (56 percent) of U.S. adults do not think belief in God is necessary for morality, a Pew Research Center study found. It represents an increase of 7 percentage points since 2011.

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83 Nations Have Official State Religion or Favored Religion
83 Nations Have Official State Religion or Favored Religion

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Forty-three nations have an official state religion and 40 nations give preference or favoritism to a religious tradition, a Pew Research Center analysis found.

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Protestants, Catholics See More Similarities Than Differences
Protestants, Catholics See More Similarities Than Differences

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A majority of Protestants and Catholics in the U.S. see more similarities than differences between their traditions, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.

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Churches, Religious Groups Most Highly Regarded Institutions
Churches, Religious Groups Most Highly Regarded Institutions

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Churches and religious organizations are the most highly regarded among U.S. institutions, according to the Pew Research Center. Nearly six out of 10 adults hold a positive view of faith-based institutions.

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More Education Equals Less Religious Engagement, Save for Christianity
More Education Equals Less Religious Engagement, Save for Christianity

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Christianity is an exception to the rule that religious engagement of U.S. adults declines as education level increases, an analysis finds.

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Global Religious Restrictions Rise in 2015
Global Religious Restrictions Rise in 2015

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Reversing a three-year trend, religious restrictions and social hostility toward religion worldwide increased slightly in 2015. Use of force by government entities against religious groups also increased in 2015.

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Muslim Childbirths to Outpace Christian Births by 2035
Muslim Childbirths to Outpace Christian Births by 2035

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Muslim women giving birth to children is expected to surpass the number of Christian women giving birth to children by 2035, according to newly released Pew Research Center projections.

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Positive Views Up for All Religious Groups, Save One
Positive Views Up for All Religious Groups, Save One

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Positive views among U.S. adults toward nearly all religious groups increased over the last three years, according to the Pew Research Center. Only evangelical Christians remained stable at 61 percent.

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Perceived Threat of Refugees to U.S. Security Declines
Perceived Threat of Refugees to U.S. Security Declines

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The number of U.S. adults who perceive refugees as a threat to U.S. security declined by 9 percent over 10 months, the Pew Research Center said, to 46 percent in January 2017 from 55 percent in April 2016.

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Favorable Views of Pope Francis Remain High in U.S.
Favorable Views of Pope Francis Remain High in U.S.

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A majority of U.S. adults across all categories continue to view Pope Francis favorably. Since his election, the pope's favorability rating has increased to 70 percent this month, a 13-percent upward trend since March 2013.

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Interfaith Households Growing? Depends on Your Definition
Interfaith Households Growing? Depends on Your Definition

By: Zach Dawes
A recent Pew survey declared that interfaith households are growing, with one in five adults raised in interfaith homes. However, the survey's definition of interfaith makes the findings problematic.

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Why Many Religious Folks Don't Trust Their Leaders
Why Many Religious Folks Don't Trust Their Leaders

By: Matt Sapp
The poll is in, and it's not good. Only 17 percent of religiously affiliated Americans are confident their religious leaders act in the best interest of the public. Only two alternatives explain this poll.

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U.S. Public Trusts Military, Scientists Over Religious Leaders
U.S. Public Trusts Military, Scientists Over Religious Leaders

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The military and scientists both top the list in a survey about U.S. public trust, while religious leaders lag behind. Few respondents expressed high trust for news media, business leaders and elected officials.

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Most 'Nones' Leave Religion Due to Lack of Belief
Most 'Nones' Leave Religion Due to Lack of Belief

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Nearly four out of five religious 'nones,' or people who are unaffiliated with an organized religion, grew up in religious homes. And almost half of them left religion due to a lack of belief, a new poll says.

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Pew: Sermon Quality Tops List for Church Shoppers
Pew: Sermon Quality Tops List for Church Shoppers

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The quality of sermons was a factor in choosing a local church for 83 percent of U.S. adults, a survey revealed. Other leading influences were feeling welcomed by clergy and lay leadership and the style of worship service.

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Two-Thirds Hear Social, Political Comments from Clergy
Two-Thirds Hear Social, Political Comments from Clergy

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A strong majority (64 percent) of U.S. citizens who attend religious services regularly have heard clergy speak from the pulpit on at least one of six leading issues, the Pew Research Center says.

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Religious Attendance Gender Gap Narrows
Religious Attendance Gender Gap Narrows

By: EthicsDaily Staff
U.S. women have, for decades, been more likely to attend religious services each week than men. That gap, however, has narrowed in recent years, with only a 6 percent difference.

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Highly Religious Americans: Happier, More Family Oriented, Regularly Volunteer
Highly Religious Americans: Happier, More Family Oriented, Regularly Volunteer

By: EthicsDaily Staff
U.S. citizens who are "highly religious" tend to be happier, to spend time with extended family and to volunteer, a study discovered.

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Women More Active Than Men in Many Global Faith Communities
Women More Active Than Men in Many Global Faith Communities

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Analyzing data from six faith traditions, the Pew Research Center found that a gender gap is evident in religious engagement around the world and particularly in the United States.

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U.S. Majority: Religion Used by Extremists to Justify Violence
U.S. Majority: Religion Used by Extremists to Justify Violence

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A strong U.S. majority - more than two-thirds - affirmed that people and groups use religion to justify violent actions rather than religious teachings being the cause of violence, a Pew Research Center report found.

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Candidates' Perceived Religiosity Influences U.S. Voters, With One Exception
Candidates' Perceived Religiosity Influences U.S. Voters, With One Exception

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Slightly more than half of all U.S. adults say it's important for a candidate's religious perspectives to align with their own. With one exception.

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Federal Sentence Lengths Double, Costing Billions with No Measurable Results
Federal Sentence Lengths Double, Costing Billions with No Measurable Results

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The length of federal prison sentences have more than doubled since 1988, which has resulted in billions of additional costs, an issues brief said.

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Global Majority Supports Freedom of Expression with Certain Qualifications
Global Majority Supports Freedom of Expression with Certain Qualifications

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A global majority supports wide-ranging freedoms of expression, including religious liberty and freedom of speech, a Pew report found.

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Prudence Trumps Doubt in Global Climate Change Survey
Prudence Trumps Doubt in Global Climate Change Survey

By; EthicsDaily Staff
Affirmation that climate change is a serious problem is most prevalent in Latin America and Africa, a recent survey found. Many respondents see it as an immediate threat.

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U.S. Religious Participation Stable among Religiously Affiliated, Sees Overall Decline Due to
U.S. Religious Participation Stable among Religiously Affiliated, Sees Overall Decline Due to "Nones"

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A new survey finds great "stability in the U.S. religious landscape," even as overall religious participation declined. Find out why.

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U.S. Majority Perceives Conflict between Religion, Science
U.S. Majority Perceives Conflict between Religion, Science

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Nearly six out of 10 U.S. adults, 59 percent, see a conflict between religion and science, a 4 percent increase from 2009. People who went to church more frequently were less likely to see a conflict.

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Majority Affirm U.S. Drone Strikes, Many Express Reservations About Civilian Casualties
Majority Affirm U.S. Drone Strikes, Many Express Reservations About Civilian Casualties

By: Zach Dawes
Nearly six out of 10 people approve of the use of drone strikes while more than a third express disapproval, a Pew Research Center survey says.

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U.S. Majority Favors Avenues for Undocumented to Remain Legally
U.S. Majority Favors Avenues for Undocumented to Remain Legally

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A strong majority in the United States supports avenues to legal status for undocumented immigrants currently living in the country, a new Pew Research Center survey says.

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Why Few Christians Know What It Means to be One
Why Few Christians Know What It Means to be One

By: Robert Guffey
Far too many Christians think far too little about what it means to be a Christian. Their priorities focus on power, consumerism and celebrity, rather than Jesus' way of humility, kindness and grace.

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3 Questions That Saved My Spiritual Life
3 Questions That Saved My Spiritual Life

By: Mark Tidsworth
Do you feel like you're playing a hide-and-seek game when you look for God in the institutional church. Before you walk out altogether, consider these three questions. They may just save your spiritual life.

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Isn't It Time for Islam and Christianity to Get Along?
Isn't It Time for Islam and Christianity to Get Along?

By: Jesse Wheeler
The world's total number of Muslims and Christians is expected to be nearly equal by 2050, a report says. The obvious conclusion: Both groups must learn to get along for the sake of global concord.

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4 Vital Details About Christianity's Steady Decline
4 Vital Details About Christianity's Steady Decline

By: Joe LaGuardia
The percentage of folks reporting no faith rose to more than 22 percent in the last seven years, but the percentage affiliating with Christianity has steadily decreased. The verdict: All Christians have a choice to make.

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Islam Expected to Expand, Religiously Unaffiliated to Shrink Globally
Islam Expected to Expand, Religiously Unaffiliated to Shrink Globally

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Islam is the fastest growing faith tradition and is expected to nearly equal Christianity in 40 years, a study says. Meanwhile, the percentage of religiously unaffiliated will decrease.

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Gov't Restriction, Social Hostility Toward Religion Down Slightly
Gov't Restriction, Social Hostility Toward Religion Down Slightly

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Government restrictions on religious freedom and social hostility toward religion saw a slight decline in 2013, says a newly released report from Pew Research Center.

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Survey: Religious Faith 3rd Most Important Quality to Teach Kids
Survey: Religious Faith 3rd Most Important Quality to Teach Kids
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Religious faith finished third for the most important quality to teach children, a survey discovered. Only being responsible and hard work ranked ahead of it.
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Survey: Jews, Christians Viewed Most Positively in U.S.
Survey: Jews, Christians Viewed Most Positively in U.S.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Jews and Christians are viewed most positively in the United States, a new Pew Research Center poll found. On the other end of the scale, atheists and Muslims were received most coldly.
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Survey: Hispanic Americans Leaving Roman Catholic Church
Survey: Hispanic Americans Leaving Roman Catholic Church
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Hispanics are still predominantly Catholic, but 24 percent have now converted from Catholicism, either turning to Protestantism or remaining religiously unaffiliated, a new study found.
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Religious Diversity Most Prevalent in Asia-Pacific Region
Religious Diversity Most Prevalent in Asia-Pacific Region
By: EthicsDaily Staff
The most religiously diverse nations are in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the Pew Research Center. The nation with the highest religious diversity rating was Singapore.
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Survey: Hostilities Involving Religion Surged in 2012
Survey: Hostilities Involving Religion Surged in 2012

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Religious hostility increased in nearly all regions of the world, a new report found. Nearly three-fourths of the global population in 2012 lived in areas where religious hostility was high or very high.

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Survey: Strong Affirmation of Human Evolution in U.S.
Survey: Strong Affirmation of Human Evolution in U.S.
By:  EthicsDaily Staff
While 60 percent of U.S. adults affirm human evolution, most black Protestants and white evangelical Protestants believe humans existed in their present form since the beginning of time, a survey found.
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Survey Highlights Changing Perceptions on End-of-Life Issues
Survey Highlights Changing Perceptions on End-of-Life Issues
Two-thirds of adults agree that there are circumstances in which a patient should be allowed to die, according to a recent survey. Responses vary by religious affiliation.
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Uncovering White Evangelical Obsession with Israel
Uncovering White Evangelical Obsession with Israel

Many evangelical Christians are politically obsessed with Israel, arguing that Israel is "the apple of God's eye" and, therefore, should be free to act in any way current leaders choose.

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Survey: Many U.S. Jews Are Cultural Not Religious
Survey: Many U.S. Jews Are Cultural Not Religious
A new survey on Jewish American contained some startling data about how Jewish identity is changing. A large percentage of citizens of Jewish heritage do not see Judaism as a faith at all.
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