Barna poll: Virtual vices indicate shift in morality

The seven deadly sins have new partners in crime. Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride still attract a lot of attention. But as the Internet and other media invade American life, our vices have increasingly gone virtual, according to a new study. Nearly half of Americans say they are tempted to idle the […]

Q&A: Don’t rule out a renaissance of religion in North America

Despite a deep drop in the number of Americans who identify with a particular faith, the country could be on the cusp of a religious renaissance, says Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of The Gallup Poll. Grounded in more than a million Gallup interviews, Dr. Newport’s new book, God is Alive and Well, argues that the aging […]

Obama’s use of Scripture has elements of Lincoln, King

By Daniel Burke, Religion News Service President Barack Obama publicly took the oath of office on Jan. 21 with Bibles once owned by his political heroes, Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. One Bible was well read, but cited cautiously. The other granted scriptural sanction to the civil rights movement. When Mr. […]

Petraeus’ fall recalls another David

It’s tempting to view the sex scandal surrounding retired Army Gen. David Petraeus through a religious lens. After all, most faiths forbid adultery, and even before his fall from grace, some Pentagon colleagues compared Gen. Petraeus to the biblical King David—another proud and powerful warrior. The comparison seemed even more apt after the former four-star […]