How Ignorant About Religion Are Religious Americans?

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has just released a new study on US Religious Knowledge. The conclusion: Too many people know jack about faith. More than four-in-ten Catholics in the United States (45%) do not know that their church teaches that the bread and wine used in Communion do not merely symbolize [Read More...]

The Anti-Gay Christians Are Losing

I’ve said this before, but it’s a mixed bag for me that so many Christians treat gay people the way they do. On one side, they’re pushing gay people (and many liberal allies) away from their churches and faith. And that’s a plus. On the down side, they hurt many gay people in the process. [Read More...]

The Surprising Truth About Atheist Parents

Dale McGowan, the author of Parenting Beyond Belief, recently conducted an unscientific poll of atheist parents to get their thoughts on religion, humanist communities, and their children. The results were very surprising to me. Here’s just one example of what Dale found. The question: “In general, how religiously observant is your extended family?” I know [Read More...]

The Religiously Unaffiliated Are All Over the Place

Every time we see the word “none” or “unaffiliated” in a religious survey, we always need to take it with a grain of salt. “None” is not the same thing as “atheist” and “unaffiliated” can mean just about anything. A new study released by the Pew Forum only confirms this. First, the good news. They [Read More...]

Ask Richard: I Want to Officially Leave the Catholic Church

Note: When letter writers sign with their first names instead of a pseudonym or nickname, I randomly change their name for added anonymity. Dear Richard, I was baptized Catholic when I was a baby, so obviously I had no say in the matter. As a non-believing adult, I want to remove myself from the central [Read More...]