Generation Next Is Stepping Away from Church

Another article about religious demographics, another sign that we’re heading in the right direction: As recently as 1990, all but 7% of Americans claimed a religious affiliation, a figure that had held constant for decades. Today, 17% of Americans say they have no religion, and these new “nones” are very heavily concentrated among Americans who [Read More...]

Why Are Atheists/Agnostics the Most Religiously Literate Groups?

When a new survey that showcases atheists in a good or bad light is released, we’re all writing about it somewhere or another. After the Pew Forum’s recent study on US Religious Knowledge showed that atheists scored higher on basic religious literacy than any faith group, there are a lot of responses out there from [Read More...]

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...]