Religion Oct. 30, 2008

Will Obama Win the White Catholic Vote?

White Catholics have traditionally been swing voters but their recent apparent shift from support for McCain to Obama was both sharp and swift. What explains it?

Religion Sep. 12, 2008

Palin Nomination Puts Spotlight on Pentecostalism

From the time she was a teenager until 2002, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin attended a Pentecostal church , a denomination that emphasizes such practices as speaking in tongues, prophesying, divine healing and other miraculous signs of the Holy Spirit.

Religion Jul. 19, 2008

Global Anglicanism at a Crossroads

Leaders of the worldwide Anglican Communion, gathered this week at their decennial Lambeth Conference, will deliberate the future of a church experiencing deep internal conflicts.

U.S. Politics May. 6, 2008

Pope Benedict’s Image Improves Following U.S. Visit

Currently, 61% of Americans say they have a favorable impression of the pontiff, up from 52% in late March, while views of his outreach to other faiths have also shown substantial improvement.

Religion May. 6, 2008

American Evangelicalism: New Leaders, New Faces, New Issues

Scholar Michael Lindsay argues that the deep divisions in the movement are not between the political left and right, or the young and old, but between “cosmopolitan” and “populist” evangelicals.

Religion Apr. 25, 2008

Obama’s Catholic Voter Problem?

Hillary Clinton won the Catholic vote in Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary by more than a two-to-one margin, repeating a pattern among religious voters similar to those seen in other states. Does this have implications for the May 6 contests in Indiana and North Carolina?

Religion Apr. 3, 2008

On Eve Of Visit, Pope Benedict Still Unknown to Many Americans

A new poll finds 30% of Americans know little about the pontiff. The pope’s efforts to reach out to other faiths receive mixed reviews overall but strong support among observant Catholics.

Global Apr. 1, 2008

America’s Catholics Occupy a Unique Place in the World of Religion

U.S. Catholics occupy something of a middle ground between their more religious fellow Catholics in the developing world, and the less devout of Europe.

Religion Mar. 27, 2008

A Portrait of American Catholics on the Eve of Pope Benedict’s Visit

When Pope Benedict XVI arrives in the U.S. on April 15, he will be greeted by a flock that is undergoing rapid ethnic and demographic changes.

Religion Feb. 8, 2008

Does McCain Need Evangelical Voters?

Sizeable numbers of white evangelical Protestants are already part of McCain’s coalition despite opposition from some religious conservatives. On the Democratic side, Clinton will need to mobilize black Protestants while Obama has not connected with Jewish voters.