Disagreements among Americans across the religious spectrum extend to personal issues, such as life priorities and gender roles in the family.
Self-identified Christians make up 63% of the U.S. population in 2021, down from 75% a decade ago.
Why is there so much suffering and evil in the world? This question can be particularly confounding for those who believe in a good and all-powerful God, as is often described in the Abrahamic religious traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. For centuries, philosophers and theologians have grappled with this “problem of evil.”
In the new survey, the Center attempted for the first time to pose some of these philosophical questions to a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults, finding that Americans largely blame random chance – along with people’s own actions and the way society is structured – for human suffering, while relatively few believers blame God or voice doubts about the existence of God for this reason.
Black Southerners diverge from other Black Americans – especially Northeasterners and Westerners – in other ways when it comes to religion.
75% of Black Americans say that opposing racism is essential to their faith or sense of morality, a view that extends across faith traditions.
82% of members of the historically Black Protestant tradition who attend church regularly have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
A new analysis of survey data finds that there has been no large-scale departure from evangelicalism among White Americans.
Among White Americans, worship service attendance remains highly correlated with presidential vote choice.
Among churches that posted their sermons, homilies or worship services online between Aug. 31 and Nov. 8, 2020, two-thirds posted at least one message from the pulpit mentioning the election. But discussion varied considerably among the four major Christian groups included in this analysis.