Pew Research Center reports and data on the world’s largest religious group.
Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa
In little more than a century, the religious landscape of sub-Saharan Africa has changed dramatically. In 1900, traditional African religions dominated. Since then, the numbers of both Muslims and Christians have risen into the hundreds of millions. A new survey explores how sub-Saharan Africans themselves view the role of religion in their lives and societies.
Broad Criticism of Pope Benedict’s Handling of Sex Abuse Scandal
Amid new revelations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI’s job ratings for handling the scandal have plummeted.
A Conversation with Pastor Rick Warren
The author of The Purpose Driven Life describes the worldwide spread of evangelicalism and the particular agenda driving his church’s role in that movement.
A Portrait of Mormons in the U.S.
Founded in 1830, Mormonism is now practiced by 1.7% of U.S. adults, comparable to the American Jewish population. Followers are concentrated in the West, and stand out for having exceptionally high levels of religious commitment and for very conservative political views.
About One-in-Six Americans Are Baptist
A graphical representation of America’s denominational distribution.
Most Latino Evangelicals Pray Every Day
Hispanic evangelicals are more likely to pray daily than Hispanics who belong to other major religious groups.
Catholics, Obama and Notre Dame
Most Catholics aware of the controversy support the University of Notre Dame’s decision to invite President Barack Obama to speak and receive an honorary degree at its May 17 commencement, even though he supports abortion rights and embryonic stem cell research. But a new poll also finds a deep division on this issue between the most observant Catholics and those who are less observant
Faith in Flux
Americans change religious affiliation early and often. A new survey documents the fluidity of religious affiliation in the U.S. and describes in detail the patterns and reasons for change.
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.
Most Mainline Protestants Say Society Should Accept Homosexuality
Most members of mainline denominations say society should accept homosexuality.