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“Nones” Like Church More Than You’d Think

Americans with no religious identity are open to stopping by church from time to time.

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Poll Finds Americans Lie about Church Attendance

A new study finds that people lie to pollsters about how often they attend church.

An American church in Paris

(LOIC VENANCE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES) Recently The New York Times ran an article about Europe’s ongoing resistance to Christianity and it’s symbols. … Continued

Yes, you can be gay and Christian

A same sex marriage advocate waves a rainbow flag at a protest in Los Angeles. (Jae C. Hong/AP ) The … Continued

What the Catholic Church can learn from the Supreme Court

With the election of the next pope coming under precedent-breaking scrutiny, it may be helpful to take a look at … Continued

Vatican admits it doesn’t fully understand youth culture

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s culture ministry warned on Thursday (Jan. 31) that the Catholic Church risks losing future generations … Continued

Something to celebrate on Religious Freedom Day

Wednesday (Jan. 16) is Religious Freedom Day — a day to celebrate the adoption of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for … Continued

God is alive and well in America, says Gallup chief

Despite a deep drop in the number of Americans who identify with a particular faith, the country could be on … Continued

A vibrant, but different, future for religion in the U.S.

Research for my new book “God Is Alive and Well: The Future of Religion in America” documents the degree to … Continued

Okla. judge defends sentencing teenager to church even if it’s not legal

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — A district judge in Oklahoma who sentenced a 17-year-old boy to 10 years of church attendance is … Continued

Rediscovering the reasons for our existence

AP Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, Washington’s first female and ninth Episcopal Bishop, smiles during her consecration service at the Washington … Continued

Donations to religious institutions decline for second straight year

WASHINGTON — Post-recession America is beginning to open its wallet to charities again, but is not giving as generously to … Continued

Jeremiah Wright’s resurrection

Chip Somodevilla Getty Images As Jeremiah Wright is once again thrust into the political spotlight, we must ask ourselves if … Continued

A ‘Sermon on the Mount’ for today

In terms of church attendance, America is far ahead of England and Western Europe, but I wonder if this has … Continued

Lapsed Catholics explain why they leave church

TRENTON, N.J. — As part of a survey to understand why they have stopped attending Mass, a few hundred Catholics … Continued

From the gym to a movie theatre: Housing the ‘unchurched’

Ron Williams is the pastor of Church at the GYM in Sanford, Fla. As the Baptist church’s name implies, Williams’ … Continued

Could 9/11 represent a ‘spiritual ground zero’ for Americans?

“Where were you on 9/11?” has become one of the defining questions for today’s generation, much like older Americans were … Continued

How abortion frames conservative politics

Charlie Neibergall AP Republican presidential candidates pose for a photo before the start of the Iowa GOP/Fox News Debate at … Continued

Mormons speak for the faith

With former Utah governor Jon Huntsman and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney both believed to be gearing up for a … Continued

Are happy churchgoers good news?

By Adam S. McHughPresbyterian Minster and Patheos Expert A new sociological study reveals that churchgoers are happy, but I can’t … Continued