Nearly six-in-ten Americans participate in some type of community group or organization, including 11% who say they take part in at least four such groups.
Most American adults identify with a religion, describing themselves as Protestants, Catholics or Jews, to name just a few examples. But a new Pew Research Center analysis looks at beliefs and behaviors that cut across many religious identities, producing a new and revealing classification, or typology, of religion in America that sorts U.S. adults into seven cohesive groups.
Six-in-ten religious "nones" in the U.S. say the questioning of religious teachings is a very important reason for their lack of affiliation. The second-most-common reason is opposition to the positions taken by churches on social and political issues.
Pope Francis’ additions to the College of Cardinals since his election in 2013 have tilted the leadership structure of the Roman Catholic Church away from its historic European base and toward the “global south” – that is, developing nations mostly in the Southern Hemisphere.
The generation gap between millennials and older adults on social and political issues exists even among evangelical Protestants.
See a profile of American religious beliefs and practices if the country were made up of exactly 100 adults.
Imagining the U.S. as a town of 100 people can help illuminate the nation's religious diversity.
Mormons place a very high value on good parenting and a successful marriage, and they are among the most involved in their congregations of any Christian faith.
A Pew Research Center survey of Israel provides a rare window into the religious beliefs and practices of this close-knit group.
Only about half of Millennials say they believe in God with absolute certainty, and four-in-ten say religion is very important in their lives.