ReligionDecember 1, 2016

If the U.S. had 100 people: Charting Americans’ religious beliefs and practices

See a profile of American religious beliefs and practices if the country were made up of exactly 100 adults.

ReligionNovember 14, 2016

If the U.S. had 100 people: Charting Americans’ religious affiliations

Imagining the U.S. as a town of 100 people can help illuminate the nation’s religious diversity.

ReligionNovember 1, 2016

Child marriage is rare in the U.S., though this varies by state

About 57,800 minors in the U.S. ages 15 to 17 are married – or five of every 1,000 in that age group. But the rate of child marriage varies widely between states.

ReligionSeptember 30, 2016

6 facts about U.S. Mormons

Mormons place a very high value on good parenting and a successful marriage, and they are among the most involved in their congregations of any Christian faith.

ReligionSeptember 12, 2016

Many countries allow child marriage

Almost all of the world’s nations have laws specifying at which age a couple can marry, and in most of these countries, those under the age of 18 are allowed to wed.

ReligionAugust 12, 2016

Most states allow religious exemptions from child abuse and neglect laws

All states prosecute parents whose children come to severe harm through neglect. But in thirty-four states (as well as the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico), there are exemptions in the civil child abuse statutes when medical treatment for a child conflicts with the religious beliefs of parents.

ReligionMarch 2, 2016

Women relatively rare in top positions of religious leadership

We looked at nine major religious organizations in the U.S. that both ordain women and allow them to hold top leadership slots.

ReligionDecember 2, 2015

Religious groups’ policies on transgender members vary widely

Religious institutions are starting to formally address the participation of transgender people in their congregations, much as they have with the issue of accepting homosexuals.

ReligionNovember 16, 2015

Church involvement varies widely among U.S. Christians

Some of the largest Christian denominations in the U.S. have relatively low levels of involvement among their members.

ReligionOctober 26, 2015

Half of all church fires in past 20 years were arsons

Of the 4,705 reported fire incidents at houses of worship between 1996 and 2015, 2,378, or 51%, have been ruled intentional.