Posts Tagged ‘Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life’

July 10th, 2013

Is the increase in the non-religious a “bad thing”?

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A new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life found that an increasing number of American adults identify as religiously unaffiliated, and nearly one half of respondents said that the increase in non-religious individuals is a “bad thing” for American society.

January 15th, 2013

Evangelicals who have left the right

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Post-election reporting that 79 percent of white evangelicals voted for Mitt Romney got little attention in the news because most journalists thought it wasn’t news. Evangelical support for the GOP has been consistent; even Romney’s Mormonism didn’t put them off. So election analysis approached white evangelicals as it usually has: as religio-political lemmings, all voting Republican for all the same reasons.

Yet where there was once the appearance of a monovocal evangelicalism there is now robust polyphony—what theologian Scot McKnight calls “the biggest change in the evangelical movement at the end of the twentieth century, a new kind of Christian social conscience.” This deserves our attention because most politics does not happen at elections but in between, when policy is negotiated and implemented. Current shifts in evangelical activism have re-routed the flow of evangelical money, time, and energy, and are changing the demands on the US political system. This essay investigating the shift is based on seven years of field research in evangelical books, articles, newsletters, sermons, and blogs, and on interviews with evangelicals, ages 19 to 74, across geographic and demographic groups—from students in Illinois to retired firemen from Mississippi, from former bikers to professors and political consultants.

November 13th, 2012

Religion and the election

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Several months ago, it seemed religion might be a notable factor in the 2012 presidential election.

October 10th, 2012

Elizabeth Drescher on religious “nones”

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NDSP Grantee Elizabeth Drescher responds to a new report, “‘Nones’ On the Rise,” released by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life in affiliation with PBS’ Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.

August 14th, 2012

How Muslims view Islam

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In a recent post on Foreign Policy, Marc Lynch discusses a Pew Research Center survey which questioned Muslims on their views of their own religion.

March 27th, 2012

Rising alternatives to organized religion

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In a recent issue of TIME, Amy Sullivan writes of a 2009 study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life and an example of American expats in Mexico that both suggest Americans may prefer to grow their own when it comes to religious congregations.

February 9th, 2012

Changing religious attitudes towards gay marriage

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On February 7, 2012, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that California’s 2008 Proposition 8- a referendum banning same-sex marriage- violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law and was therefore unconstitutional.

January 13th, 2012

An uncomfortable spotlight

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The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life has released a comprehensive survey of more than 1,000 Mormons living across the country.

January 4th, 2012

Global Christianity

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The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life has recently published a new study on global Christianity.

November 10th, 2011

Trending atheism

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Nona Willis Aronowitz at GOOD Magazine asks what changes might occur when “1 in 4 millennials don’t identify with any religion.”

October 28th, 2010

The wisdom of crowds

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The majority of Americans may not know much about their own religions, but they seem to have a pretty good handle on the intricacies of secularization theory. That, at least, was what I got from looking at the findings of two surveys published this fall.

October 12th, 2010

Ross Douthat responds to James K.A. Smith on the Pew Religious Knowledge Survey

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In his New York Times blog, Ross Douthat comments on James K.A. Smith’s response to the Pew Forum’s U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey in our recent “off the cuff” forum.

October 7th, 2010

Consuming religion

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Diane Winston offers up her take on the Pew Forum’s U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey at The Huffington Post.

October 5th, 2010

Surveying religious knowledge

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Following the release last week of the results of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life’s U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey, which was widely reported as having demonstrated Americans’ considerable lack thereof, we invited a dozen leading scholars to weigh in on the survey’s significance.

What, we asked, do the results of Pew’s quiz tell us about knowledge—and ignorance—of religion in the United States? And how important is the sort of religious knowledge that the survey tested to American public life?

September 28th, 2010

Pew poll shows Americans lack religious “knowledge”

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A newly published report from the Pew Forum Religion and Public Life shows that Americans seemingly know very little about religious faiths, including their own.

June 29th, 2010

Pew survey: Jesus to return by 2050?

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The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press released a new survey last week, focusing on people’s predictions for life in 2050, which finds that “the public is divided over whether Jesus Christ will return to earth by 2050.”

January 29th, 2010

Religion and the U.S. Census

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The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has released “A Brief History of Religion and the U.S. Census,” which reviews debates during the last century over whether questions about religion should be included in the census or whether such questions would “infringe upon the traditional separation of church and state.”

December 22nd, 2009

Religious restrictions by the numbers

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The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life recently released a new study of “Global Restrictions on Religion.” Pew casts the report as the first “quantitative study that reviews an extensive number of sources to measure how governments and private actors infringe on religious beliefs and practices around the world.” Its methodology, however, deserves scrutiny.