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.
In these summaries, religious leaders, scholars and ethicists from 16 major American religious groups explain how their faith traditions’ teachings address physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia and other end-of-life questions.
Much of the public debate over the so-called “Charter of Values” has focused on the measure’s potential impact on immigrants and their religious beliefs and practices.
There are high levels of concern about sectarian tensions in several countries where Sunnis and Shias live side by side. These concerns are particularly pronounced in Lebanon, where two-thirds of all Muslims say sectarian tensions are a big problem.
The Vatican plans to ask a range of questions on topics related to the family, including divorce, artificial contraception and same-sex marriage.
The Pew Research Center survey on U.S. Jews included more than 500 Orthodox Jewish respondents. Here are eight facts about the Orthodox.
Support for same-sex marriage has been growing in recent years, with half (50%) of Americans now in favor and 43% opposed.
American Jews overwhelmingly say they are proud to be Jewish and have a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people, but their identity is also changing: 22% of American Jews now say they have no religion.
The number of people killed in religion-related terrorist attacks in Kenya has dramatically increased in recent years.
Sudan is one of an increasing number of countries whose governments regulate the wearing of religious symbols or attire, such as head coverings for women or facial hair for men.