Religion Apr. 23, 2009

Religion in South Africa 15 Years After the End of Apartheid

Data from a 10-country survey of Pentecostals in 2006 provide estimates of the religious affiliation of South Africa’s urban population.

Religion Apr. 16, 2009

Faith in Global Warming

The unaffiliated (58%) are the most likely to say there is solid evidence the earth is warming because of human activity while white evangelical Protestants (34%) are the least likely to believe in man-made global warming.

Religion Apr. 9, 2009

When Will Jesus Return?

Fully 79% of U.S. Christians believe in the Second Coming of Christ. Only 17% don’t — fewer than the 20% who believe the Second Coming will occur in their lifetime.

Religion Apr. 2, 2009

Not All Nonbelievers Call Themselves Atheists

About one-in-20 Americans say they do not believe in God, but that doesn’t mean 5% of Americans are atheists. In fact, 14% of nonbelievers self-identify as Christian. Only a quarter of those who do not believe in God consider themselves atheists.

Religion Mar. 19, 2009

Most Mainline Protestants Say Society Should Accept Homosexuality

Most members of mainline denominations say society should accept homosexuality.

Religion Mar. 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.

Religion Mar. 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.

Religion Mar. 12, 2009

Losing Wealth, Finding God?

Is the falling economy raising attendance at religious services?

Religion Mar. 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.

Religion Mar. 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.