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The American Mosque 2011 Study

A study of Islamic mosques in the U.S. found that the number of mosques has increased by 74 percent since 2000 to 2,106, and the number of regular participants in... read more >

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Yoido Full Gospel: The Biggest Megachurch

The Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, holds seven services each Sunday, for 200,000 worshippers. The main sanctuary seats 21,000, and services are translated into 16 languages to... read more >

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Data File: Examining the Effects of Spirituality on Health

A 2009 survey explored the effect on health of spiritual elements like meditation, having spiritual values, practicing forgiveness and experiencing religious support. The study looked at the influence of participating... read more >

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Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Scientology

With the high-profile divorce of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Scientology has again come to the forefront of public conversation, due to Cruise’s long-standing involvement with the faith practice. The... read more >

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Nondenominational Church Attendance is Growing Sharply

Together, the independent and nondenominational churches of the U.S. constitute the third-largest cluster of religious adherents in the country and the second-largest cluster of churches. In 2012, an estimated 4... read more >

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Religious Affiliation and Practice in the South Caucasus

Addressing the need for accurate data on social, political and economic issues in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, the Caucasus Barometer has collected annual data since 2004, expanding from initial samples... read more >

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Thinking Sociologically About Religion

Many sociologists of religion have had difficulty accepting the notion that it is possible to be both fully modern and deeply religious. However, the 1979 Iranian revolution that ousted a... read more >

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Freethinkers: a Source Guide to Nontheists

Fifteen percent of Americans claim no faith convictions or no faith group commitment, according to a 2008 American Religious Identification Survey.  A 2010 Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life... read more >

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Typology of Dutch Catholic Parishes, 2003

 A 2003 survey of Catholic parishes in the Netherlands provides insight into the perspective of key parish informants on each congregation’s purpose, activities, participants, target group, relationship to visitors and... read more >

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Technology and Internet Use in U.S. Congregations

Although 69 percent of U.S. congregations have websites and 40 percent have a Facebook page, employing online technology does not automatically lead to growth, according to Scott Thumma, professor of... read more >

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Serving its Community Transformed a Dwindling Church

"Trinity’s building is surrounded by the bleaker symbols of urban life, including graffiti-covered billboards, a...

Caring for Creation

"Whether it is Wendell Berry, Michael Polan, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Pope Francis, Prince Charles, Mondragon or...

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