Religion Dec. 18, 2008

Many Americans Say Other Faiths Can Lead to Eternal Life

Most American Christians, including evangelicals, have more than just other Christian denominations in mind when they say there are many paths to salvation. Also, roughly one-third of Americans believe that whether one achieves eternal life is determined by what a person believes, with nearly as many saying eternal life depends on one’s actions.

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.

Religion May. 5, 2008

What Brain Science Tells Us About Religious Belief

Recent advances in neuroscience are offering researchers a look into the physiology of religious belief. In a transcript from a Pew Forum event, University of Pennsylvania radiologist, Dr. Andrew Newberg, discusses how measurable brain activity matches up with the religious experiences described by worshippers.

Religion Apr. 24, 2008

Courts Not Silent on Moments of Silence

An Illinois statute, now on temporary hold by a U.S. District Court, has given rise to the latest in a long line of constitutional cases involving required moments-of-silence in public schools.

Global Apr. 1, 2008

America’s Catholics Occupy a Unique Place in the World of Religion

U.S. Catholics occupy something of a middle ground between their more religious fellow Catholics in the developing world, and the less devout of Europe.

Religion Mar. 27, 2008

A Portrait of American Catholics on the Eve of Pope Benedict’s Visit

When Pope Benedict XVI arrives in the U.S. on April 15, he will be greeted by a flock that is undergoing rapid ethnic and demographic changes.

Religion Mar. 4, 2008

Relativism vs. Fundamentalism: Is There a Middle Ground?

In a Pew Forum event, eminent sociologist of religion Peter Berger sets forth his view that doubt is ultimately a key element of religious faith in liberal democracies.

Religion Feb. 25, 2008

The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey Reveals a Fluid and Diverse Pattern of Faith

A new survey including interviews with more than 35,000 Americans finds that more than one-quarter of adults (28%) have left the faith in which they were raised in favor of another religion — or no religion at all.

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Religion Feb. 1, 2008

Database: U.S. Religious Landscape Survey

An extensive survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life details the religious makeup, beliefs and practices as well as social and political attitudes of the American public. This online feature includes dynamic tools — maps, graphs and charts — that complement the full report.