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Confidence in Church, Organized Religion Continues to Dip

While the church and organized religion ranked fourth in Gallup’s Confidence in Institutions report, they dropped another 3 points to an all-time low of 38 percent. […] Read More

Pope Francis Calls Out Violence in the Name of Religion

“Violence promoted and carried out in the name of religion” must always be condemned, Pope Francis stated on Feb. 2 at a conference focused on this subject. “The religious person knows that among the greatest blasphemies is to invoke God as the justification for one’s own sins and crimes, to invoke him in order to […] Read More

Why Christians Need to Be Involved in Politics

Christians are often unsure about the appropriate relationship between religion and politics. Recently, I have been reading and thinking about their interplay, and two devout Episcopalian lawyers have been helpful in this regard. William Stringfellow graduated from Harvard Law School in 1956. He soon moved to a tenement in Harlem, New York City, where he […] Read More

Christian Think Tank: Religion, Well-Being Linked

Religion really can significantly improve your physical and mental well-being, new research has shown. In a compilation and comparison of 139 academic studies into the links between religion and well-being, Christian think tank Theos has shown there is now “overwhelming” evidence of a positive correlation between what people believe and how this affects both their […] Read More

U.S. Confidence in Organized Religion Declines Again: Gallup

U.S. confidence in national institutions remains near record lows, a Gallup poll found, with 10 of the 14 seeing a decade of decline in trust. “Americans’ confidence in key U.S. institutions has remained relatively low since 2007,” the report noted. “That year, the average for the 14 institutions Gallup has asked about annually since 1993 […] Read More

U.S. Confidence in Religious Institutions at All-Time Low

Confidence in every major U.S. institution, save for military and small businesses, polled below historic averages according to a new Gallup survey. “Americans’ confidence in all institutions over the last two years has been the lowest since Gallup began systematic updates of a larger set of institutions in 1993,” the report said. Forty-two percent of […] Read More

Islam Expected to Expand, Religiously Unaffiliated to Shrink Globally

Islam is the fastest growing faith tradition and is expected to nearly equal Christianity in 40 years, according to a Pew Research Center study. Pew is projecting that Islam will increase from 1.6 billion followers (2010) to 2.76 billion (2050) while Christianity would increase from 2.17 billion to 2.92 billion. This would mean that the […] Read More

Survey: Public Trust in Many U.S. Institutions Declines

Confidence in organized religion continues to decline. According to Gallup’s annual survey on public views of U.S. institutions, 45 percent of respondents noted a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in organized religion. This is down from 48 percent in 2013, and well below the high point of 68 percent in 1975. The […] Read More

Regular Worship Visits Linked to Lower Crime Levels

People who regularly visit a place of worship are less likely to be involved in low-level crime and delinquency, according to new research. The project, led by University of Manchester doctoral student Mark Littler, involved the analysis of new survey data and in-depth interviews with young members of the United Kingdom’s major faiths. Mixing with […] Read More

Skype Interview: Mandy McMichael on Miss America “Firsts”

The Miss America pageant crowned its first Indian-American winner Sunday night, and “Twitter blew up,” says Mandy McMichael, assistant professor of religion at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. McMichael is a doctoral candidate at Duke University, where she has focused on beauty pageants, religion and culture. McMichael talks about “firsts” in the Miss America pageant […] Read More