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.

Religion Aug. 31, 2009

Faith Healing on Trial

Two of government’s obligations — enforcing child welfare laws and protecting religious freedom — can clash when a parent chooses to rely on faith healing instead of standard medical care for a sick child. Robert W. Tuttle, a church-state scholar, explains.

Religion Jul. 24, 2009

A Portrait of Mormons in the U.S.

Founded in 1830, Mormonism is now practiced by 1.7% of U.S. adults, comparable to the American Jewish population. Followers are concentrated in the West, and stand out for having exceptionally high levels of religious commitment and for very conservative political views.

Religion Jun. 11, 2009

Most Latino Evangelicals Pray Every Day

Hispanic evangelicals are more likely to pray daily than Hispanics who belong to other major religious groups.

Religion May. 7, 2009

Prayer in America

Nearly six-in-ten U.S. adults say they pray at least once a day although the frequency of prayer differs significantly by religious tradition, age, gender and income.

Religion Apr. 27, 2009

Faith in Flux

Americans change religious affiliation early and often. A new survey documents the fluidity of religious affiliation in the U.S. and describes in detail the patterns and reasons for change.

Religion Apr. 9, 2009

When Will Jesus Return?

Fully 79% of U.S. Christians believe in the Second Coming of Christ. Only 17% don’t — fewer than the 20% who believe the Second Coming will occur in their lifetime.

Religion Apr. 2, 2009

Not All Nonbelievers Call Themselves Atheists

About one-in-20 Americans say they do not believe in God, but that doesn’t mean 5% of Americans are atheists. In fact, 14% of nonbelievers self-identify as Christian. Only a quarter of those who do not believe in God consider themselves atheists.

Religion Mar. 12, 2009

Losing Wealth, Finding God?

Is the falling economy raising attendance at religious services?