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The Mainline vs. Evangelical Paradigm Doesn’t Work

Taking issue with the longstanding conception that American Christianity can be neatly divided into liberal mainline and conservative evangelical Protestant camps, the Rev. Mark Williamson argues that the categories don’t... read more >

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Sources for Information on Buddhism

Buddhism is the fourth-largest religion in the United States. But because there is little overlap between immigrant and American-born Buddhists, Buddhism’s U.S. profile is primarily due to its cultural influence,... read more >

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Sources for Information on Hinduism

Hinduism is the third-largest organized religion in the world, behind Christianity and Islam, and the oldest surviving major religious tradition. Most Hindus live in India, but the United States hosts... read more >

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Sources for Information on Judaism

Judaism is the oldest surviving monotheistic religion, with a history spanning more than 3,000 years. Core Jewish beliefs have had a powerful influence on later religious traditions such as Christianity... read more >

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Sources for Information on Islam

Islam is the second-largest religion in the world and perhaps the fastest-growing faith group. In the United States, 35 percent of Muslims are African-Americans, making African-Americans the largest ethnic/racial group... read more >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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Reflections on the Intersection of Islam and Secularism

In recent years Muslim scholars have used rigorous historical and textual analysis to examine the role of Islam in the secular state, to explore related conceptions of democracy, pluralism and... read more >

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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 >

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FULLER dialogues on Race and Identity

“We are joined at the site of the dirt. And the dirt is our kin. From dust and to dust we will return. We are of the...

Gun Safety Advocate

After her mother was killed in the 2015 Charleston church shooting, the Rev. Sharon Risher became an evangelist for a...

Billy Graham 1918-2018

  Billy Graham was perhaps the most significant religious figure of the 20th century, and the organizations and...

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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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