Americans are in the middle of the pack globally when it comes to importance of religion
Americans place less importance on religion in their lives than do people in a number of countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia — but more than residents of many other Western and European countries.
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Where Christian churches, other religions stand on gay marriage
In the last two decades, several religious groups have moved to allow same-sex couples to marry within their traditions.
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Many Millennials see Christmas as more cultural than religious holiday
Millennials are less religious than older Americans and less likely to identify with a religious group, and those traits are reflected in the way they celebrate Christmas.
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.
Religious groups’ policies on transgender members vary widely
Religious institutions are starting to formally address the participation of transgender people in their congregations, much as they have with the issue of accepting homosexuals.
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.
For most Americans, Thanksgiving isn’t the only time for thankfulness
A large majority of Americans (78%) feel a strong sense of gratitude or thankfulness on a weekly basis, while only 6% of Americans say they seldom or never experience these feelings.
Millennials are less religious than older Americans, but just as spiritual
Only about half of Millennials say they believe in God with absolute certainty, and four-in-ten say religion is very important in their lives.