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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 >


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 >


Single and Mormon in America

Increasingly, young Mormons have been delaying marriage while both men and women establish careers. Too often, that causes especially young men to drift from the faith. Those trends have significant... read more >


The Effect of the Enlightenment on Religion, Science and Society

In a stimulating and possibly controversial essay, Daniel Chirot of the University of Washington, Seattle, makes the case that the unexpected economic advance and dominion of the West, which occurred... read more >


The Case for the Decline of Religiosity in the United States

Current research indicates that traditional religious belief and practice are declining in the United States. Sociologist Mark Chaves of Duke University has a book on the topic being published in... read more >




A Piano for Christmas

It’s never too early for a great Christmas ad. This is from the folks at John Lewis in Great Britain, who every year...

Can Religion Unite America?

    Calling out racism in American churches, David Gushee, the outgoing president of the American Academy of...

Are American's Religious Communities Unique?

Two-thirds of U.S. Christians pray daily, compared with a median of just 18 percent of Christians across 15 countries...

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Review rank-ordered data on religion in the U.S. and around the world. Includes the latest data from the Religious Congregations & Membership Study, 2010


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