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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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


Who Uses Social Media?

Two studies provide insight into who is using social media in the larger culture and who is using those tools in religious circles. A 2010 survey by Lifeway Research indicated... read more >


Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Survey, 2010, Data Tables

Key findings from more than 25,000 face-to-face interviews conducted in early 2009 revealed that very few people in sub-Saharan Africa are not religiously affiliated. The vast majority belongs to either... read more >

A Decade of Change in American Congregations

A Decade of Change in American Congregations

A recent report from Faith Communities Today,  "A Decade of Change in American Congregations, 2000-2010,"  explores the health of congregations and how their health has changed in the past 10 years. Although American congregations are less healthy today than 10 years ago, the decade saw increases in interfaith involvement, innovative worship, use of electronic technology and a greater variety of member-oriented and mission-oriented programs.




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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