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 24, 2016

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.

ReligionAugust 23, 2016

What do Americans look for in a church, and how do they find one? It depends in part on their age

At least three-quarters of adults under 30 talked to a congregation member or friend during their search, compared with just over half of those 65 or older.

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.

ReligionJuly 29, 2016

Which countries still outlaw apostasy and blasphemy?

Apostasy and blasphemy may seem to many like artifacts of history. But in dozens of countries around the world, laws against apostasy and blasphemy remain on the books and often are enforced.

ReligionJuly 29, 2016

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.

GlobalJuly 22, 2016

Muslims and Islam: Key findings in the U.S. and around the world

Muslims are the fastest-growing religious group in the world. Here are some questions and answers about their public opinions and demographics.

ReligionJuly 21, 2016

Churchgoing Republicans, once skeptical of Trump, now support him

Evangelicals and churchgoing Republicans were initially skeptical of Trump, but their support for him has now firmed up.

GlobalJuly 19, 2016

5 facts about the Muslim population in Europe

The Muslim share of Europe’s total population has been increasing steadily, growing from 4% in 1990 to 6% in 2010.

ReligionJuly 18, 2016

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.