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What, if any, relationship exists between the Christian Right’s public conflicts over policies and the growth of “nones” (people claiming no religious affiliation) in the U.S.? That question was the focus of research conducted by Paul A. Djupe, Denison University; Jacob R. Neiheisel, University at Buffalo; and Kimberly H. Conger, University of Cincinnati. Their research […] Read More

The total number of people in the U.S. correctional system and the number of inmates under sentence of death in U.S. prisons both declined in 2016, according to Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) statistical briefs published in late April. Slightly more than 6.6 million inmates were in the U.S. correctional system (this includes persons in […] Read More

Practicing Christians “outpace all U.S. adults in poverty action,” according to Barna Group data released on April 26. In every category surveyed for its “The Good News about Global Poverty” report, Barna found that Christians “who consider their faith important and attend church regularly” were significantly more likely to be involved in work to end […] Read More

Adults in the U.S. and Canada who say religion is important in their lives tend to be less accepting of migrants, according to a Gallup report released on April 26. “Gallup created the Migrant Acceptance Index (MAI) to gauge people’s acceptance of migrants based on increasing degrees of personal proximity. The index is based on […] Read More

While nearly 90 percent of U.S. adults believe in some kind of “higher power / spiritual force,” only slightly more than half (56 percent) believe that higher power is “God as described in the Bible,” according to a Pew Research Center report released on April 25. In response to the question, “Do you believe in […] Read More

Religious freedom has continued to deteriorate in many nations over the past year, according to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s (USCIRF) annual report for 2018 released on April 25. “This ongoing downward trend often intersected with authoritarian practices characterized by hostility toward dissent, pluralism, independent media and active civil society, or took place […] Read More

There are costs for the goods we consume beyond what we pay at checkout. The hidden costs not reflected in the price tag on clothing items we purchase – including working conditions, wages, treatment of workers and environmental impacts – are explored in the fifth edition of Baptist World Aid Australia’s (BWAA) annual ethical fashion […] Read More

Not only do social safety nets “play a pivotal role” in reducing poverty and lowering income inequality but they also have been demonstrated to be effective in doing so. These are two key assertions in the World Bank Group’s “The State of Social Safety Nets 2018” report released on April 4. “Social safety net (SSN) […] Read More

Personal relationship is the most common reason U.S. Protestant and nondenominational adults who attend church at least monthly donate to charitable causes, according to a LifeWay Research report published on April 17. Twenty-one percent of respondents said they donated because they “personally knew someone who worked at the charity” when asked what led them to […] Read More

Southern states remain the most religious in the U.S., according to a Gallup report released on April 6. The southwest (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas) was the most religious U.S. region in 2017, with 45 percent of survey respondents saying they are “very religious,” 31 percent saying they are “moderately religious” and 23 percent are […] Read More