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Political polarization challenges U.S. churches

Political polarization challenges U.S. churches

A new study finds that Americans increasingly identify with political views on the far right or far left, and that the center is shrinking. That could have profound implications for churches.

       
Faith Digest: evangelical support for immigration reform declines

Faith Digest: Evangelical support for immigration reform declines

Majorities of every religious group except for white evangelical Protestants support a path toward citizenship for undocumented immigrants, according to a poll from the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution.

       
Moviegoers want more faith-based films

Moviegoers want faith-based films; Hollywood delivers

More than half of Americans—56 percent—say they wish there were more movies with Christian values, according to a LifeWay survey.

       
Faith Digest: Poll reports greater acceptance of hot-button behaviors

Faith Digest: Hot-button behaviors more acceptable

Americans are showing more tolerance for a range of behaviors, with sex between unmarried adults, medical research on stem cells from human embryos, and doctor-assisted suicide all showing record highs and increases in “moral acceptability” from last year.

       
Faith Digest: Atheists lose court battle with IRS

Faith Digest: Atheists lose court battle with IRS

A federal court dismissed three atheist groups’ suit against the IRS, in which they accused the tax agency of discriminating against nonreligious nonprofits.

       
Women in prison face distinctive challenges

Women in prison face distinctive challenges

Imprisonment is tough regardless of gender. But the more than 100,000 women behind bars in America—out of a total prison population of more than 2.2 million—face distinctive challenges.

       
Churches need to remove stigma from mental illness

Analysis: Churches must remove stigma of mental illness

Pastors and therapists say Christians must come to see mental illness for what it is — simply an illness — in order to be the hands and feet of Christ for those who suffer from it.

       
David Crowder’s final season with band leads to new solo album

David Crowder’s final season with band leads to new solo CD

After leading worship for events and performing concerts more than a decade, David Crowder and his band caught many fans off guard when they announced their final season together.

       
Oklahoma minister shares the gospel through TV hunting show

Brad Clay’s hunting show shares gospel with ‘good ole’ boys’

As a child, Brad Clay learned to love hunting and fishing before he learned to love Jesus. He still loves the outdoors, but now he uses that passion to introduce other men to Christ.

       
Religion helped sow seeds of future conflict after WWI

Baylor historian says religion permeated World War I

On the 100th anniversary of the “war to end all wars,” Baylor historian Philip Jenkins traces elements of a religious crusade in the global conflict that sowed seeds of future conflicts.

       
Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Americans exaggerate church attendance

Americans fib about their church attendance, a new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute reveals.

       
Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Quarter of the world anti-Semitic, survey says

The first global study of anti-Semitic attitudes shows more than a quarter of the world’s population harbors intense anti-Jewish sentiment.

       
Hispanic Catholics differ from evangelicals and from their church

Hispanic Catholics differ from evangelicals and from their church

A new survey finds distinct differences in behavior and opinions on social issues between Hispanic evangelicals and Hispanic Catholics.

       
More U.S. Latinos leave the Catholic Church

More U.S. Latinos leave the Catholic Church

A Pew survey report released May 7 says more than 55 percent of the nation’s estimated 19.6 million Hispanics identify as Catholic, 12 percentage points below the totals reported in 2010.

       
Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Religious identity tracks science skepticism

A new survey by The Associated Press found religious identity offers one of the sharpest indicators of skepticism toward key issues in science such as the Big Bang theory, evolution and global warming.

       
 
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