Religion Dec. 22, 2009

How Religious is Your State?

An interactive graphic lets you check out how your state — and all the other states — rank on four measures of religiosity.

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Religion Dec. 21, 2009

Infographic: How Religious Is Your State?

Which of the 50 states has the most religious population? See how your state ranks according to the importance of religion in people’s lives, attendance at worship services, frequency of prayer and absolute certainty of belief in God.

Religion Dec. 17, 2009

Little Support for Terrorism Among Muslim Americans

The Pew Research Center’s comprehensive portrait of the Muslim American population suggests that, despite recent events, America is less likely to be a fertile breeding ground for terrorism than are Muslim minority communities in other countries.

Religion Dec. 9, 2009

Many Americans Not Dogmatic About Religion

Numerous Americans attend worship services of more than one faith or denomination, and many also mix Christianity with Eastern or New Age beliefs such as reincarnation, astrology and the presence of spiritual energy in physical objects. Sizeable minorities of all major U.S. religious groups say they have experienced supernatural phenomena.

Religion Dec. 3, 2009

Sikh-Americans and Religious Liberty

With their religious beliefs requiring distinctive elements of dress and appearance — wearing a turban, keeping hair and beards uncut, carrying a kirpan — Sikhs have been a part of many legal disputes. In an interview, church-state scholar Robert W. Tuttle discusses religious liberty and accommodation issues involving Sikh-Americans.

U.S. Politics Nov. 18, 2009

Modest Rise In Concern About Islamic Extremism

Just more than half (52%) of Americans say they are very concerned about the possible rise of Islamic extremism in the U.S., up from 46% in April 2007.

Religion Nov. 13, 2009

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.

Religion Nov. 9, 2009

Religious Landscape Survey Data Release

Data files from the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, including interviews with a representative sample of more than 35,000 U.S. adults, are now available to the public for further study and analysis.

Religion Oct. 28, 2009

The “Zeal of the Convert”: Is It the Real Deal?

People who have switched religions consistently exhibit higher levels of religious commitment than those who still belong to their childhood faith, but the differences are relatively modest.

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Religion Oct. 7, 2009

Map: Mapping the Global Muslim Population

A collection of interactive maps shows the size and distribution of the 1.57 billion worldwide Muslim population.