7.5 million Americans lost their religion since 2012

A new survey shows that the Great Decline of religion in America continues. Since 2012, the U.S. has about 7.5 million Americans who are no longer active in religion. Last week, the 2014 General Social Survey (GSS) was released. The GSS is the gold standard for sociological surveys. Funded by the National Science Foundation this multi-million dollar study gives us […]

Americans of faith must reconsider stands on nuclear terrorism (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) Setsuko Thurlow was 13 when “progress” came to Hiroshima in a white-hot flash. In the dark silence following the nuclear bomb blast, Thurlow recalls children crying, “Mama, help me. God, help me.” Her sister lived for four days. Many of her 351 dying schoolmates “looked like skeletons with skin hanging from their bones.” They […]

The Christian radio echo chamber: We are under siege by our enemies (COMMENTARY)

When a sizable portion are being told that they are under attack — their faith, their Bible, their children, their homes, their nation — anger and its companion, fear, are the inevitable result.

“Selma sowed, but it did not reap”; anniversary puts spotlight on deep poverty

With the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday this weekend, America was reminded how this small city helped bring sweeping change to the nation.

New online atlas ‘heat-maps’ views on abortion, gay marriage, immigration

The latest edition of the American Values Atlas, released Wednesday (Feb. 25), allows users to “heat-map” views on those issues across all 50 states and 30 metropolitan areas to see where attitudes blow hot or cold.

Losing their religion: More women join the unspiritual set

Surveys have long shown women lead more active lives of faith than men, and that millennials are less interested than earlier generations. One in three now claim no religious identity.

What may be new is that more women, generation by generation, are moving in the direction of men — away from faith, religious commitment, even away from vaguely spiritual views like “a deep sense of wonder about the universe,” according to some surveys.

Obama’s God Talk ‘doesn’t stand a chance’ in a Polarized America

WASHINGTON (RNS) After taking heat from the religious right for saying Christians and Muslims have all committed horrors in God’s name, President Obama is now angering the religious left with an upcoming White House conference on combating ”violent extremism” that seems to focus only on Muslims. The back-to-back controversies raise the question: Can Obama — or any president — […]

No Religion Responsible for Terrorism

WASHINGTON (RNS)  President Obama said Thursday he doesn’t use terms like Islamic extremism because doing so would promote the false idea of a Western war with Islam, which would help extremists recruit more terrorists. “No religion is responsible for terrorism — people are responsible for violence and terrorism,” Obama told delegates at the White House […]

The ‘Splainer: Ash Wednesday and dirty Christian foreheads

The ‘Splainer (as in “You’ve got some ‘splaining to do”) is an occasional feature in which RNS staff give you everything you need to know about current events to hold your own at a cocktail party. (RNS) Chances are you’ll see a bunch of folks walking around with shmutz on their foreheads this Wednesday (Feb. […]

In the Face of Unrelenting Snow, New England Churches Soldier On

(RNS) If God brought all this snow, he also made it very hard to get to church. New Englanders, clobbered by four major storms in the past month and bracing for a fifth, are finding it difficult to travel anywhere, including to services on Sundays. And the Rev. Andrew Cryans of Durham, N.H. — where […]

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