See the latest Pew Research Center reports and data on religious beliefs and practices around the world.

ReligionMay 18, 2016

Religion is less central to everyday life for Muslims in Israel than elsewhere in the region

Israeli Muslims actually place less emphasis on religion and some of the key pillars of their faith than do Muslims in neighboring countries.

ReligionMay 10, 2016

5 facts about Israeli Christians

A Pew Research Center survey of Israel provides a rare window into the religious beliefs and practices of this close-knit group.

ReligionMay 4, 2016

5 facts about prayer

For the National Day of Prayer, we rounded up survey data on Americans’ prayer habits, as well as historical instances of prayer intersecting with the government.

ReligionApril 26, 2016

A closer look at Jehovah’s Witnesses living in the U.S.

Jehovah’s Witnesses, who make up just less than 1% of U.S. adults, are known for their door-to-door proselytism. But members of this denomination, which has its origins in 19th-century America, are also unique in many other ways.

ReligionApril 20, 2016

What different styles of head coverings say about Israeli Jewish men

They come in several basic styles, with some more favored by particular Jewish subgroups than others.

ReligionApril 19, 2016

Most U.S. Catholics rely heavily on their own conscience for moral guidance

Despite Pope Francis’ overwhelming popularity, few U.S. Catholics say they turn to the pope “a great deal” for guidance on difficult moral questions.

ReligionApril 15, 2016

Many Americans don’t argue about religion – or even talk about it

About half of U.S. adults tell us they seldom (33%) or never (16%) talk about religion with people outside their family.

ReligionApril 7, 2016

Is God Dead? No, but belief has declined slightly

Fifty years ago this month, Time magazine published one of its most famous and controversial covers. Splashed in bold red print across a black background was a short, simple and yet intensely provocative question: “Is God Dead?” Without providing a definitive answer, the authors of the piece, dated April 8, 1966, seemed to imply that, […]

ReligionMarch 30, 2016

Israeli Jews from the former Soviet Union are more secular, less religiously observant

After the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, Israel’s largest wave of Jewish immigrants arrived from Russia and other former Soviet republics. These Soviet Jews brought a secular mindset to Israel, and more than two decades later, Jews who were born in the former Soviet Union continue to be noticeably less religious than Israeli Jews overall.

ReligionMarch 24, 2016

A religious gender gap for Christians, but not for Muslims

While Christian women are on the whole more religious than Christian men, Muslim women and Muslim men have similar levels of religious commitment. And when it comes to attendance at worship services, Muslim men are more active than Muslim women.