The Center’s researchers in religion and public life study religious change in the United States and around the world, including America’s religious landscape, global demographic trends among religious groups, the role religion plays in politics and societies, and restrictions on religious freedom worldwide. Key topics of research include the role of religion in U.S. politics, the experiences of religious minorities in America (such as Muslims, Mormons and Jews), the growth of religious “nones,” the intersection of religion and national identity, government restrictions on religion and demographic projections for religious groups around the world.
Today, most Black adults say they rely on prayer to help make major decisions, and view opposing racism as essential to their religious faith.
In 2018, the global median level of government restrictions on religion – that is, laws, policies and actions by officials that impinge on religious beliefs and practices – continued to climb, reaching an all-time high since Pew Research Center began tracking these trends in 2007.
The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip, with both Protestantism and Catholicism experiencing losses of population share.
American adolescents often participate at parents’ behest, and tend to be less religious in more personal, private ways.
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