Is religion’s declining influence good or bad? Those without religious affiliation are divided
Atheists, agnostics and people who have no religion in particular may be growing in number in the United States, but they are not uniformly against religion having a role in society.
5 takeaways about religion and politics before the midterms
A new Pew Research survey finds that many Americans support a role for religion in the political arena and lament what they see as religion’s declining influence in society. Here are five key takeaways.
In some European countries, church membership means paying more taxes
Are government church taxes causing Germans to leave the church?
Religious divides persist heading into fall campaign
While there have been several controversial issues since 2010 at the intersection of religion and politics, there has been more stability than change among major religious groups’ voting preferences.
U.S. nuns face shrinking numbers and tensions with the Vatican
The total number of nuns, also called religious sisters, in the United States has fallen from roughly 180,000 in 1965 to about 50,000 in 2014 – a 72% drop over those 50 years.
Kaiser: Americans’ views of Hobby Lobby ruling are evenly divided
The U.S. public is evenly split in its view of the Supreme Court decision ruling that some for-profit corporations have religious rights and can opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate.
How many people of different faiths do you know?
A Pew Research Center survey shows how many people in religious groups know other people of different religions.
U.S. evangelical Christians are chilly toward atheists – and the feeling is mutual
U.S. Christians, as a whole, express negative feelings toward atheists, and the chilliness is reciprocated, according to a Pew Research survey on how Americans rate eight religious groups.
Ramadan a dilemma for some World Cup players
Muslims comprise 11% of the collective population of the 16 countries that advanced out of the tournament’s group stage.
The Sunni-Shia divide: Where they live, what they believe and how they view each other
Iraq and Iran are two of only a handful of countries that have more Shias than Sunnis.