Pew Research Center reports and data on religious beliefs and practices around the world.
Arizona bill sparks debate about religious objections to gay marriage
The bill would allow business owners to cite religious beliefs as a reason for denying services – including to same-sex couples – without fear of legal retribution.
Russians Return to Religion, But Not to Church
The share of Russians who identified as Orthodox Christians more than doubled between 1991 and 2008, while the share not identifying with any religion dropped. But for most Russians, this return to religion did not correspond with a return to church.
Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham: Are evolution and religion at odds?
Religion and evolution will take center stage Tuesday evening in Petersburg, Ky., home of the Creation Museum and the site of a debate between Ken Ham, the museum’s founder, and Bill Nye. The topic: “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?”
Key findings about growing religious hostilities around the world
Highlights from the fifth annual Pew Research Center study of religious hostilities 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.
Public’s Views on Human 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.