Pew Research Center reports and data on religious beliefs and practices around the world.
Republicans’ views on evolution
Significantly fewer Republicans believe in evolution than did so four years ago, setting them apart from Democrats and independents. But behind this finding is a puzzle: If the views of the overall public have remained steady, and there has been little change among people of other political affiliations, how do you account for the Republican numbers? An explainer.
Six-in-Ten Americans Believe in Evolution
While 60% of Americans believe in human evolution, a third reject the idea. Beliefs about evolution differ strongly by religious group and also vary by party affiliation, gender, age and education.
It’s not just kids who are excited about a visit from Santa
One-in-five adults who don’t have kids that believe in Santa still plan on a visit from Santa this year.
How Americans Celebrate Christmas and the Holidays
Nine-in-ten Americans say they celebrate Christmas, and three-quarters say they believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. But only about half see Christmas mostly as a religious holiday, while one-third view it as more of a cultural holiday.
‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Holidays’?
When asked about how stores should greet their customers over the holidays, 42% of Americans prefer “Merry Christmas,” 12% prefer “Happy Holidays” and 46% say it doesn’t matter.
Muslim holiday of Ashura brings into focus Shia-Sunni differences
Each year, millions of Shia pilgrims visit the shrine of one of their most revered figures – Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson. While Ashura is sacred for all Muslims, it is especially important to Shias, illustrating some of the differences between Shia and Sunni Muslims.
Eight facts about Orthodox Jews from the Pew Research survey
The Pew Research Center survey on U.S. Jews included more than 500 Orthodox Jewish respondents. Here are eight facts about the Orthodox.
5 facts about the hajj
The annual Muslim hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca is underway, and more than a million pilgrims already have entered Saudi Arabia from abroad. These are five important facts about the hajj.
A fifth of Mormons express doubts about some church teachings
A top Mormon leader recently made headlines this week when he acknowledged that past actions by church leaders may have contributed to doubts about church teachings. About one-in-five (22%) church memberssay they find some of the church’s teachings hard to believe.
Big majority of Mormons (including women) oppose women in priesthood
Mormon leaders recently reaffirmed their position that women should not be eligible for the priesthood – a position supported by a majority of Mormons.