Why America’s ‘nones’ left religion behind
As the percentage of U.S. adults who do not identify with a religious group grows, we asked these people to explain, in their own words, why they left.
The religious divide on views of technologies that would ‘enhance’ human beings
Americans are wary of the prospect of implanting a computer chip in their brains to improve their mental abilities or adding synthetic blood to their veins to make them stronger and faster. And this is particularly true of those who are highly religious.
Are churches key to solving social problems? Fewer Americans now think so
A majority of U.S. adults still say religious institutions contribute either “a great deal” (19%) or “some” (38%) to solving important social problems, but the combined figure of 58% has fallen significantly in recent years.
Evangelicals increasingly say it’s becoming harder for them in America
A growing share of self-identified “evangelical or born-again” Protestants (41%) says it has become more difficult to be an evangelical Christian in the U.S. in recent years; just 34% answered the question the same way in September 2014.
Which U.S. religious groups are oldest and youngest?
The U.S. religious landscape is already in the midst of some dramatic changes when it comes to the growth or decline of people with certain religious identities. And while it is impossible to predict exactly how that landscape will shift in the future, some key demographic factors — particularly age — can provide a clue as to how things might unfold in the coming decades.
10 facts about atheists
Here’s what we know about self-described atheists and their beliefs.
Israeli Jews, Arabs have different perspectives on discrimination in their society
Israel has been a Jewish-majority country since its founding in 1948, and its treatment of religious and ethnic minorities – including some groups within the Jewish community – has persisted as a hotly debated topic throughout the nation’s history.
5 facts about prayer
For the National Day of Prayer, we rounded up survey data on Americans’ prayer habits, as well as historical instances of prayer intersecting with the government.
A closer look at Jehovah’s Witnesses living in the U.S.
Jehovah’s Witnesses, who make up just less than 1% of U.S. adults, are known for their door-to-door proselytism. But members of this denomination, which has its origins in 19th-century America, are also unique in many other ways.
What different styles of head coverings say about Israeli Jewish men
They come in several basic styles, with some more favored by particular Jewish subgroups than others.