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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 >


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 >


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 >




Liturgical Meditations from Fuller Studios

 The liturgical calendar spans the life of Christ in a single year—from anticipation (Advent), to hope (Christmas...

The Spiritual Practice of Humor

We live in a time of tension and conflict, arguing and fighting for what we believe is true. Many of us are attracted...

Volunteer and Live Longer Religious Lives

Ohio State researchers in June pored over hundreds of obituaries from across the country. They found that people with...


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