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(RNS) When Mormons call themselves “a peculiar people,” they mean it in the biblical sense — set aside by God, chosen. But many Americans call them peculiar in Webster’s way — strange, odd. Now Mormons, followers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are in the spotlight. One of their own, Mitt Romney, […] Read More

(RNS) Almost half of churchgoing Americans say their life has not changed a bit due to their time in the pews, a new survey shows. Barna Group, an evangelical company based in California, found that 46 percent reported no change. About a quarter of Americans said their life was greatly affected by church attendance and […] Read More

(RNS) With 2.18 billion adherents, Christianity has become a truly global religion over the past century as rapid growth in developing nations offset declines in Christianity’s traditional strongholds, according to a report released Monday (Dec. 19). Billed as the most comprehensive and reliable study to date, the Pew Research Center’s “Global Christianity” reports on self-identified […] Read More

A new study in the Journal of Religion and Health suggests that—at least for some women of a certain age—there’s a link between optimism and attendance at religious services. “We looked at the religious practices of nearly 100,000 women and—like it or not—found a strong connection between going to church or synagogue or any other […] Read More

(RNS) Why do young Christians leave the church? New research by the Barna Group finds they view churches as judgmental, overprotective, exclusive and unfriendly towards doubters. They also consider congregations antagonistic to science and say their Christian experience has been shallow. The findings, the result of a five-year study, are featured in “You Lost Me: […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans consider President Obama to be the smartest and most honest presidential candidate against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, according to a new poll, but religious groups differ on their views of the candidates’ attributes. The Barna Group polled 1,010 adults on their perceptions of the candidates’ honesty, […] Read More

(RNS) The way you see God tells a lot about how you see the U.S. economy, according to a new national survey. About one in five Americans combine a view of God as actively engaged in daily workings of the world with an economic conservative view that opposes government regulation and champions the free market […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) Americans consider religious freedom a cornerstone of society, but fall short in their tolerance of Muslims, according to a poll released Tuesday (Sept. 6) that probes Americans’ attitudes toward immigrants and the nation’s safety 10 years after 9/11. The “What It Means to Be American” poll found that a small majority (53 percent) […] Read More

(RNS) Pop quiz: Who said “We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don’t know what to do, we never give up”? According to a recent poll, more Americans attributed the passage to comic book hero Captain America, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and former President George W. Bush than its […] Read More

(RNS) New York-area residents are more spiritually active since 9/11, a new survey shows, but the uptick in faith may be a matter of coincidence rather than a religious response to the terrorist attacks. The Barna Group found that 46 percent of people living in or near New York City reported attending worship services in […] Read More