ReligionApril 26, 2016

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.

ReligionApril 20, 2016

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.

ReligionApril 19, 2016

Most U.S. Catholics rely heavily on their own conscience for moral guidance

Despite Pope Francis’ overwhelming popularity, few U.S. Catholics say they turn to the pope “a great deal” for guidance on difficult moral questions.

ReligionApril 15, 2016

Many Americans don’t argue about religion – or even talk about it

About half of U.S. adults tell us they seldom (33%) or never (16%) talk about religion with people outside their family.

ReligionApril 12, 2016

How highly religious Americans’ lives are different from others

Plenty of attention has been paid to the political disagreements between highly religious and less religious Americans, including on social issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion. But there has been less talk about how these groups differ – when they do – in how they live their everyday lives. Pew Research Center set out […]

ReligionApril 8, 2016

Pope’s proclamation, like views of U.S. Catholics, indicates openness to nontraditional families

Six-in-ten Catholics say the church should allow those who are divorced and have remarried without obtaining an annulment to receive Communion, according to a 2015 Pew Research Center Survey.

ReligionApril 8, 2016

On abortion, persistent divides between – and within – the two parties

As Americans await a decision in the Supreme Court’s first abortion case in years, a slim majority (56%) now think abortion should be legal in all or most cases. About four-in-ten (41%) say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. The balance of opinion on this issue has ticked back toward support for […]

ReligionApril 7, 2016

Is God Dead? No, but belief has declined slightly

Fifty years ago this month, Time magazine published one of its most famous and controversial covers. Splashed in bold red print across a black background was a short, simple and yet intensely provocative question: “Is God Dead?” Without providing a definitive answer, the authors of the piece, dated April 8, 1966, seemed to imply that, […]

ReligionApril 4, 2016

Trump has benefited from evangelicals’ support, but he’s not the first choice of the most committed

White evangelical Republicans who attend church regularly are most heavily concentrated in the Ted Cruz camp.

ReligionApril 4, 2016

Religious groups in Israel keep to themselves when it comes to marriages and friendships

When it comes to marriage, Israelis rarely cross religious lines.