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April 18, 2018
Peter Berger on the New Class Struggle in American Religion
Thirty-seven years ago, I stumbled upon an article by Peter Berger, "The Class Struggle in...
April 17, 2018
Status and Belief
Christians talk a great deal about reaching the culture and influencing the culture. But Christians...
April 12, 2018
How You Are Being Psychologically Profiled by Your “Likes”
Facebook is getting hit hard in the fallout over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which...
April 11, 2018
How Can Churches Retain Their Youth?
The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod has sponsored two research projects on the retention of young...
March 22, 2018
Marriage, Living Together, Divorce Statistics–by Denomination
The Pew Research Center has released a study of marital status in U.S. religious groups. It...
March 20, 2018
Secularism or Liberal Religion?
Having spent time lately in the "happiest" countries that are also allegedly among the least...
March 16, 2018
What Is Religion, Anyway?
Christian Smith is the Notre Dame sociologist who identified the religion of America's youth as...
March 09, 2018
The News that Spreads Most Is False, Negative, and Surprising
A major study of how information spreads online has found that information that is false...
February 27, 2018
Catholic, Lutheran, & Reformed Approaches to the Poor
I've been reading a ground-breaking new book in the field of the sociology of religion...
February 23, 2018
When Christians Change Churches, Where Do They Go?
One out of six American Christians changed religious affiliation over a four year period. Where...
February 05, 2018
Why Don’t Churches Try to Reach the Biggest Demographic of the Unchurched?
My granddaughter invited a friend to church yesterday. She was nine years old and she...
January 30, 2018
And now Generation Z
Churches were told to make adjustments for Generation X. Lately, new adjustments had to be...
January 25, 2018
How Should Churches Respond to the New Findings about American Religion?
In our recent post "Only Moderate Religion Is On the Decline," we reported on new research...
January 23, 2018
“Only Moderate Religion Is On the Decline”
We keep hearing statistics about religious decline in America. But new research has shot that...
January 04, 2018
New Religions Rushing into the Void
Is the criticism of religious “politicization” really fair? Could the problem be that politicians have...
December 19, 2017
Divorce Has Brought Back Large Families
Large families have come back. Not because couples are having more children. But because the...
November 30, 2017
The LCMS Adult Conversion Rate & Other Surprising Statistics
Per capita, the LCMS has one convert for every 44 adult members. That is a...
October 19, 2017
The Christianophobia of the Rich
Hostility against Christians among the general public has not increased over the last three decades....
October 06, 2017
Appreciating Your Pastor
October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and this Sunday, October 8, is Pastor Appreciation Day. I...
September 22, 2017
On the Threshold: Religious Liminals
Religion surveys ask you to check a box that describes your religious beliefs. But that...
September 21, 2017
Teenagers are forswearing “adult activities” like sex & drinking
The number of teenagers who have had sex and who have tried alcohol has plummeted since...
September 20, 2017
The Number of Congregations Is Growing
Contrary to the narratives of religious decline in America, a new study has found that...
September 12, 2017
Hostility to religion grows in U.S.A.
The United States found itself in unfamiliar company when it made the "Hall of Shame" in a...
September 08, 2017
Secularization Comes From Sex
Cohabiting couples tend to stay away from church. So do others engaged in sexual practices...
August 21, 2017
What cities have the best quality of life?
The UK Economist has released its annual “Global Livability Ranking” assessing the "quality of life" of the...
July 28, 2017
The academic effects of marijuana: A controlled experiment
Marijuana is legal in the Netherlands, with "cannabis cafes" being a fixture of university towns....
July 19, 2017
America’s birthrate is going down
America's birthrate has gone down for the second year in a row. Teenagers and twenty-something...
July 17, 2017
The Reputation of Churches
Studies show that, despite everything, churches still have a good reputation in the United States.
July 17, 2017
Discrimination in footnotes
Two geographers have written an academic article arguing that scholars should not cite research by so...
July 12, 2017
The success sequence
If you follow this sequence, exactly, in this order, there is only a 3% chance...
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