5 facts about Christmas in America
Just in time for the holidays, here are five facts about Christmas in America and how people celebrate.
Religious groups’ policies on transgender members vary widely
Religious institutions are starting to formally address the participation of transgender people in their congregations, much as they have with the issue of accepting homosexuals.
For most Americans, Thanksgiving isn’t the only time for thankfulness
A large majority of Americans (78%) feel a strong sense of gratitude or thankfulness on a weekly basis, while only 6% of Americans say they seldom or never experience these feelings.
Religious ‘nones’ are not only growing, they’re becoming more secular
Religious “nones” make up 23% of U.S. adults, up from 16% in 2007. And only 27% of those “nones” are absolutely certain about God’s existence, down from 36% in 2007.
U.S. Public Becoming Less Religious
There has been a modest drop in overall rates of belief in God and participation in religious practices. But religiously affiliated Americans are as observant as before.
5 key findings about religiosity in the U.S. – and how it’s changing
Our new report finds that whether U.S. adults are becoming more or less religious depends, in part, on how religious observance is measured.
18% of Americans say they’ve seen a ghost
An even greater share – 29% – say they have felt in touch with someone who has already died.
Most U.S. Catholics hope for change in church rule on divorce, Communion
62% of U.S. Catholics think the church should allow Catholics who have been divorced and remarried without an annulment to receive Communion.
Half of all church fires in past 20 years were arsons
Of the 4,705 reported fire incidents at houses of worship between 1996 and 2015, 2,378, or 51%, have been ruled intentional.
5 facts about the interplay between religion and science
Religion and science have often been seen as being in conflict. But are religious faith and the scientific enterprise really at odds with each other?