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Religion in Everyday Life
Highly religious Americans are happier, more involved with family and more likely to volunteer than the less religious. But they are no more likely to exercise, recycle or make socially conscious consumer choices.
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For Darwin Day, 6 facts about the evolution debate
Tuesday is the 210th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. Roughly eight-in-ten U.S. adults say humans have evolved over time.
Why we studied the possible links between religion and happiness, health and civic engagement
Conrad Hackett, associate director for research and senior demographer, discusses why we studied the relationship between religion and happiness, health and civic engagement.
How highly religious Americans view evolution depends on how they’re asked about it
Evolution remains a contentious issue. When asked about it, highly religious Americans’ responses can vary depending on how the question is asked.
Are religious people happier, healthier? Our new global study explores this question
In many countries, actively religious people are more likely than their less-religious peers to describe themselves as very happy.
Once the same nation, the Czech Republic and Slovakia look very different religiously
While Slovakia is majority Catholic, around seven-in-ten Czechs are religiously unaffiliated – the highest share of unaffiliated adults in 34 European countries surveyed.
How do European countries differ in religious commitment? Use our interactive map to find out
Within Europe, there are sometimes sizable differences in levels of religious commitment. A new interactive lets you explore these differences.
Views of national identity differ less by age in Central, Eastern Europe than in Western Europe
Central and Eastern Europeans of different ages are about equally likely to say that Christianity, birthplace and ancestry are important to national identity.
The U.S. class divide extends to searching for a religious congregation
Looking for a new religious congregation is common in the U.S. But how likely Americans are to look for a new church varies by their education and income levels.
After recent revelations, U.S. Catholics give Francis low marks on handling of sex abuse scandal
Just three-in-ten American Catholics now say the pontiff is doing a good or excellent job of addressing the sex abuse scandal.
‘New Age’ beliefs common among both religious and nonreligious Americans
Many U.S. Christians – as well as the religiously unaffiliated – hold “New Age” beliefs, which include belief in reincarnation and astrology.