Religion Mar. 25, 2010

Religion in the News: 2009

Pope Benedict XVI, though he made no visits to the United States last year, was the subject of two of the top 10 religion stories, while the Obama administration accounted for three of the top 10 religion-focused storylines during the year

Religion Jan. 26, 2010

A Brief History of Religion and the U.S. Census

Public debate over the propriety, merit and feasibility of the Census Bureau asking questions about religion has waxed and waned over many decades with religious groups, civil liberty groups, social scientists and the Census Bureau’s own staff divided over the issue.

Religion Dec. 17, 2009

Global Restrictions on Religion

Since some of the most restrictive countries are very populous, nearly 70% of the world’s 6.8 billion people live in countries with severe restrictions on religion.

Religion Dec. 8, 2009

A Look at Religious Voters in the 2008 Election

Two experts examine the role that religion played in the 2008 presidential election and discuss implications for the future.

Religion Dec. 8, 2009

Religion, Race – and Obama

A religious scholar discusses the president-elect’s place in the nation’s historical tension between religion and politics and examines the role of black churches as well as the controversy surrounding the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

U.S. Politics Dec. 1, 2009

GOP Seen as Friendlier to Religion than Democrats

The Democrats’ image with respect to religion fell sharply among groups inclined to dislike their party’s politics. Obama, though, is seen as friendlier to religion than is his party. Both fare better than do Hollywood, the media and scientists.

Religion Nov. 16, 2009

Faith-Based Programs Still Popular

Faith-based initiatives remain popular eight years after President Bush unveiled his plan, but church-state concerns remain and not all religions garner high support for receiving funds. Also, 9% of Americans say they recently have turned to religious groups to help make ends meet.

Religion Oct. 8, 2009

Health Care: Politics in the Pews

Many religious organizations have taken on the look of political campaigns, as advocates for and against health care reform preach their politics.

Religion Aug. 18, 2009

Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

A new report by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life examines President Obama’s faith-based advisory council, including descriptions of their goals and profiles of members.

Religion May. 4, 2009

Obama’s Favorite Theologian? A Short Course on Reinhold Niebuhr

Journalists gathered in Key West, Fla., in May 2009 for the Pew Forum’s biannual Faith Angle Conference on religion, politics and public life. Wilfred McClay, a historian specializing in American intellectual history, offered an overview of Reinhold Niebuhr’s unique form of progressive Christianity.