Pew Research Center survey reports, demographic studies and data-driven analysis

ReligionMar 19, 2009

Most Mainline Protestants Say Society Should Accept Homosexuality

Most members of mainline denominations say society should accept homosexuality.

ReligionMar 17, 2009

The Political Obligations of Catholics

The Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput argues that Catholics should take an active, vocal and morally consistent role in public debates, particularly on issues such as abortion, the death penalty and other matters they consider central to social justice.

ReligionMar 16, 2009

Religion in the News: 2008

Religion reporting in 2008 clustered around big events such as the pope’s visit and stories tended to fade quickly from the headlines. Coverage gravitated toward controversies such as Obama’s relationship with Jeremiah Wright and clergy sex-abuse scandals.

ReligionMar 12, 2009

Losing Wealth, Finding God?

Is the falling economy raising attendance at religious services?

ReligionMar 6, 2009

Stimulus Package Stimulates Church-State Debate

Economic stimulus legislation has brought on a church-state debate regarding school funding. The Pew Forum turns to church-state scholar Robert Tuttle.

ReligionMar 4, 2009

In Mammon We Trust? Religions Agree Economy is Issue Number One

While members of all faiths see the economy as the top priority for 2009, they are not always in agreement on what issues the government should tackle. The divide is especially large on reducing crime and moral decline in America.

ReligionFeb 26, 2009

The Stronger Sex — Spiritually Speaking

Analysis of survey data shows that women are more religious than men on a variety of measures.

ReligionFeb 10, 2009

Cupid’s Arrow Often Hits People of Different Faiths

More than one-in-four (27%) American adults who are married or living with a partner are in religiously mixed relationships.

ReligionFeb 4, 2009

Darwin Debated: Religion vs. Evolution

Two hundred years after Charles Darwin’s birth, and 150 years after he published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Americans are still fighting over evolution. If anything, the controversy has recently grown in both size and intensity. In a multi-part package, the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life explores the many facets of the debate as it has evolved from its origins to the present day.

ReligionJan 30, 2009

A Religious Portrait of African-Americans

While the U.S. is generally considered a highly religious nation, African-Americans are markedly more religious on a variety of measures than the U.S. population as a whole, including level of affiliation with a religion, attendance at religious services, frequency of prayer and religion’s importance in life.