Religion Oct. 2, 2008

The Religious Vote: Much like 2004, but Economic Concerns Now Top Social Issues

A national survey finds remarkable stability in the candidate preferences of major religious groups compared with the last presidential campaign. But issue priorities among all religious groups have changed with possible implications in November.

Religion Oct. 1, 2008

Despite Pastors’ Protest, Most Americans Are Wary of Church Involvement in Partisan Politics

More than two dozen pastors recently challenged a tax code provision restricting political activities by houses of worship, but surveys show that substantial majorities of the public have consistently opposed such action.

Religion Sep. 23, 2008

Both McCain and Obama Favor Expanding Faith-Based Initiatives

Two experts discuss how and why partnerships between governments and religious social service groups are likely to continue to grow no matter which party controls the White House.

Media & News Sep. 22, 2008

How the Media Has Handled Palin’s Faith

Coverage of her religious background and beliefs has often been a peripheral element in the story.

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.

U.S. Politics Aug. 21, 2008

Public Support Falls for Religion’s Role in Politics

A new Pew Research survey finds a decline in the share of Americans who want churches and other houses of worship to be involved in political matters. Most of the drop in the past four years has come among political conservatives.

Religion Aug. 14, 2008

The Purpose Driven Campaign: The Candidates’ Forum with Rick Warren

McCain and Obama will make their first joint appearance of the general election campaign at an event moderated by Pastor Rick Warren at his 22,000-member Saddleback Church. John Green discusses what the candidates stand to gain from speaking with Warren and the challenges that Warren will face as he attempts to broaden evangelicals’ political agenda.

Religion Jul. 24, 2008

The Blaine Game: Controversy Over the Public Funding of Religion

A scholar discusses challenges in Florida to its so-called Blaine Amendments that restrict state aid to religious schools. More than two-thirds of states have similar constitutional provisions.

Religion Jul. 17, 2008

Stem Cell Research: At the Crossroads of Religion and Politics

An overview of the stem cell debate in America examines the science behind stem cell technology and looks at public opinion trends.

Religion Jul. 17, 2008

McCain’s Lead Among Evangelicals Smaller than Bush’s in ’04

Many white evangelicals remain undecided and Obama has made few inroads into this key constituency. But the Democratic candidate enjoys strong support among the religiously unaffiliated.