The most and least educated U.S. religious groups
The share of people completing a college education differs by religion, with members of some faith groups much more educated, on average, than others.
Religious groups in Israel keep to themselves when it comes to marriages and friendships
When it comes to marriage, Israelis rarely cross religious lines.
A religious gender gap for Christians, but not for Muslims
While Christian women are on the whole more religious than Christian men, Muslim women and Muslim men have similar levels of religious commitment. And when it comes to attendance at worship services, Muslim men are more active than Muslim women.
Q&A: Why are women generally more religious than men?
A discussion with David Voas of the Department of Social Science at University College London on the gender gap in religion around the world.
Women generally are more religious than men, but not everywhere
Generally, women are more likely than men to be affiliated with a religious organization; women also pray more, and are more inclined to say religion is “very important” in their lives.
Most U.S. Christian groups grow more accepting of homosexuality
Acceptance of homosexuality is rising across the broad spectrum of American Christianity, including among members of churches that strongly oppose homosexual relationships as sinful.
In Africa, Pope Francis will find religious vibrancy and violence
The three countries on the pope’s itinerary — Uganda, Kenya and the Central African Republic — all have sizable Catholic populations. But they also have seen violent clashes in recent years.
Most Americans believe in heaven … and hell
72% of Americans believe in heaven, while 58% believe in hell.
What’s a sin? Catholics don’t always agree with their church
Almost nine-in-ten U.S. Catholics believe that some actions are offensive to God, but many American Catholics don’t agree with church teachings on what constitutes sinful behavior.
Half of U.S. adults raised Catholic have left the church at some point
Some older American Catholics might remember a time when people thought of the Catholic Church like a family: hard to ignore and even harder to leave. But a new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. Catholics shows that at least some of these perceptions may no longer be entirely true.