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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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How to Get Good Sociological Data on Religion from the Internet

Social scientists have long known that the Internet hosts a significant amount of religion-oriented information. With the maturation of information-mining strategies, it is now possible to use Internet-derived data to... read more >

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Interfaith Worship and Cooperation Grew After 9/11

A new survey shows that since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, interfaith worship events have doubled and interfaith service projects have tripled. The key element in interfaith engagement is the... read more >

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Meeting Information Needs: Amazon's Alexa and The Church of England

"Religion exists to answer the questions and supply the needs that couldn’t possibly be bought with money. But...

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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