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.

Religion Apr. 30, 2009

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

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 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.