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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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


U.S. Worship Diversity Increases, Participation Decreases

Most people are aware that nondenominational Protestant congregations lead the way in worship innovation and, as a result, are both larger and younger than other Christian groups. However, the median... read more >


Simchat Torah: A Jewish Holy Day of Joy

The day of Simchat Torah was created by Jewish sages as a culmination to the season of holidays that began with Rosh Hashana. It is a playful service that involves... read more >


Vishnu: Hindu Deity

Vishnu is one of the most important Hindu deities. Joan Cummins, curator of the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition, “Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior,” provides an introduction to Vishnu and the legends surrounding... read more >


Identify and Research Faith Communities

The Association of Religion Data Archives, a repository for quality research data, has a helpful page for students, scholars and others who want to identify the faith communities in a... read more >


Self-Help, New Thought, New Age and Religion

Among the lesser-known strands of American religious history is the New Thought tradition, which began in the 19th century and is alive today among Unity churches, the Universal Foundation for... read more >




What Brings You Happiness?

At Harvard Business Review, why the pursuit of money isn't bringing you joy -- and what will. [Read more]. "If there...

Communion Wafers: The Fine Art of Faith and Breadmaking

"The Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, or simply Carmelites, is a Roman Catholic...

Indiana Media Expands with Lily Foundation Help

WFYI Public Media and the eight other Indiana Public Broadcasting stations that make up IPB News will soon be hiring...


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