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U.S. adults who are atheists, agnostics or unaffiliated with any religious teaching cited “questioning religious teachings” as the many reason they don’t subscribe to any religion. […] Read More

What’s the leading reason that more than one out of three U.S. adults don’t attend religious services regularly? They practice their faith in other ways, a study found. […] Read More

Nationalistic tendencies contributed to a noticeable increase in government restriction on religious freedom in 2016, according to a Pew Research Center report released on June 21. Of the 198 nations assessed, 28 percent (55 nations) were deemed to have “high” or “very high” government restrictions on religious faith and practice – a 3 percent increase […] Read More

Support for the death penalty increased for the first time in more than two decades, according to a Pew Research Center report released on June 11. When asked, “Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose the death penalty for persons convicted of murder?” 54 percent of U.S adults responded “strongly favor” or “favor.” […] Read More

James 2:19 observes, “It’s good that you believe that God is one. Ha! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble with fear.” Rather than using the more commonly translated – “Good!” or “Good for you!” – the Common English Bible renders as the middle line in the well-communicated English term as “Ha!” That verse […] 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

When Abraham – the patriarch of Judaism, Christianity and Islam – “breathed his last and died in a good old age” (Genesis 25), he missed something extraordinary. His two estranged sons, Ishmael and Isaac, joined together to bury their father. Death, as the situation suggests, appears to be the peace offering that brings together what […] Read More

A majority (74 percent) of U.S. Protestants and Catholics support “Dreamers” receiving permanent legal status, according to a Pew Research Center report released on Jan. 19. “Dreamers” are persons brought to the U.S. as minors and who have only known the U.S. as their home. The term derives from a 2011 Congressional proposal – the […] Read More

A strong majority (90 percent) of U.S. adults will celebrate Christmas this year, down 2 percent from 2013, according to a Pew Research Center report released on Dec. 12. Forty-six percent of celebrants view the observance as “more of a religious holiday,” while 33 percent see it as “more of a cultural holiday” and 9 […] Read More

A majority (56 percent) of U.S. adults do not think belief in God is necessary for morality, according to a Pew Research Center study released Oct. 16. This is an increase of 7 percentage points since 2011. Over the same time, those who think belief in God is necessary for good values and moral behavior […] Read More