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Survey: Highly Religious Americans More Skeptical About Extraterrestrial Life

Pew Research Center Religious and secular thinkers alike have long discussed what the implications for religion would be if humans discovered intelligent life on other planets. In the United States, highly religious adults are much more skeptical about the possibility of extraterrestrial life compared with those who are less religious, according to a recent Pew Rearch Center survey.  This is evidenced by

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Survey: ‘Evangelical’ Numbers Dropping

In 2020, the percentage of white Americans who call themselves evangelical Christians dipped below the percentage identified as mainline Christians. That’s a big deal, says Doug Mendenhall, who posts his thoughts on his blog, “Jesus in the Food Court.” Mendenhall weighs in on that survey finding from the Pew Research Center. Click here to read Mendenhall’s column

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Pope Francis’ Popularity Rises in U.S.

BY CLAIRE GECEWICZ Pew Research Center Pope Francis’ popularity dropped in the United States a few years ago amid a sex abuse crisis in the U.S. Catholic Church. But Americans’ opinions of the pontiff have since rebounded, and between February 2020 and March 2021 – 13 months that included moves by Francis to expand the role of women in the church as well as a widening

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The American Church in Decline

By WES CRAWFORD The headline of a March 2021 issue of The Washington Post grabbed the attention of many American Christian leaders by reporting that church membership in the United States dipped below 50 percent for the first time in this nation’s history. To put that statistic into perspective, the number of Americans claiming membership in a church, synagogue, or

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Pew Survey Finds U.S. Jews Increasingly Diverse

U.S. Jews are culturally engaged, increasingly diverse, politically polarized and worried about anti-Semitism, according to the findings of a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center. The survey found that many Jewish Americans participate, at least occasionally, both in some traditional religious practices and in some Jewish cultural activities. Among young Jewish adults, however, two sharply divergent expressions of

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Pew Survey: Most Black Americans Cite Black Churches in Move Toward Equality

Pew Research Center Black churches have historically taken on numerous civic roles in Black communities, stretching back as far as the antebellum period. And many, though not a majority, were involved in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. In fact, most Black Americans say that predominantly Black churches have helped Black people move toward equality in the

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Survey Finds Varying Effects of COVID-19 On Religious Faith

Pew Research CenterAnna Schiller As the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause deaths and disrupt billions of lives globally, people may turn to religious groups, family, friends, co-workers or other social networks for support. A Pew Research Center survey conducted in 14 countries in the summer of 2020 reveals that more Americans than people in other economically developed countries say the outbreak has

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Religious Makeup of New Congress Looks Familiar

PEW RESEARCH CENTERAnna Schiller When it comes to religious affiliation, the 117th U.S. Congress looks similar to the previous Congress but quite different from Americans overall. While about a quarter (26%) of U.S. adults are religiously unaffiliated – describing themselves as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” – just one member of the new Congress (Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.) identifies

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Pew Center: Government Restrictions on Religion Rise, Social Hostilities Fall

From the Pew Research Center Government restrictions on religion rose to a record high in 2018, while religion-related social hostilities fell slightly but remained near peak levels, according to Pew Research Center’s 11th annual study of restrictions on religion. Restrictions by governments include official laws and actions that curtail religious beliefs and practices, while social hostilities encompass everything from religion-related armed

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