Our Corner | Don’t Write Off Mainline Protestants

In an interview with Duke University's "Faith & Leadership," I spoke about trends in religious research that will become increasingly important, including growing numbers of interreligious families and the rise of the religiously unaffiliated. … [Read more...]

Our Corner | CNN Interview: Gun Issue Divides Religious Community

Last week, Vice President Joe Biden met with faith leaders to discuss strategies for reducing gun violence. However, as Dr. Robert P. Jones points out in a segment for CNN, there are religious groups on both sides of this issue. While majorities of Catholics and the religiously unaffiliated favor stricter gun control laws, majorities of white mainline and white evangelical Protestants are opposed. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Was the “Mormon Moment” More of a Blip?

A new Pew survey reveals that despite Mitt Romney's lengthy run for office and his much-publicized Mormon faith, 82% of Americans say they learned little to nothing about Mormonism during the 2012 campaign. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Young Adults Take Advantage of Obamacare

A new study shows that many young adults are taking advantage of Obamacare. Back in June, when it was still unclear how the Supreme Court would rule on the Affordable Care Act, less than one-quarter of Millennials (age 18-29) favored the Supreme Court overturning the health care reform law. … [Read more...]

Graphic of the Week | Attitudes About Obama’s Religious Beliefs

After nearly four years in office, 16% of voters still (incorrectly) believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim. … [Read more...]

Churches Face Challenges in Upgrading to Religion 2.0

Although a few churches are using social media to connect with their congregants quite effectively, most places of worship have sparse online offerings and few Americans report using technology or social media for religious purposes. … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | July 20, 2012

The much-debated mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is finally being permitted to conduct a final inspection, after a local judge voided approval from a planning commission. To the disappointment of mosque officials, it will not be able to open in time for Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, which begins today. A slim majority (51%) of Americans say they would be comfortable with a mosque being built near their home. … [Read more...]

Are Americans Losing Faith in Organized Religion?

Is organized religion – once more trusted than the military or the U.S. Supreme Court – beginning to falter in Americans’ eyes? A new poll from Gallup reports that only 44% of Americans have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in “the church or organized religion” today, dipping just below other recent low points (45% in 2002 and 46% in 2007). Less than forty years ago, American... more … [Read more...]

Our Corner | Mainline Protestant Church Decisions on LGBT Issues Highlight Growing Generational Gaps

The Episcopal Church’s recent decision to sanction transgender ordination and blessings for same-sex couples, as well as the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s narrow vote against amending its definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, raises new questions about mainline Protestant denominations’ perspectives on gay and lesbian issues. At the Huffington Post, Dr. Robert P. Jones explores the generational divides that emerge among white mainline Protestants on issues like … [Read more...]

Episcopal Church Approves Ordination of Transgender People

On Monday, the Episcopal Church’s leadership overwhelmingly voted to allow the ordination of transgender people, by approving a change to the church’s “nondiscrimination canons” to include “gender identity and expression.” The Episcopal Church currently forbids discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, and age for Episcopalians who want to become priests. The church also made it illegal to discriminate against transgender people … [Read more...]