Our Corner | Born and Raised: More Americans Are Being Raised Without Religion and Choosing to Stay that Way

In my latest column for Huffington Post Religion, I examine why such a high number of Millennials now identify as nonreligious and what influence this could have on the future of religion in America. With roughly three-in-ten (31 percent) Millennials now identifying as religiously unaffiliated the debate over why this generation is abandoning religion at an unprecedented rate has mostly centered around two explanations: Millennials are leaving because they do not like... more … [Read more...]

Our Corner | Could the Religious Left Outgrow the Religious Right?

A new piece from The London Times explores how American Millennials may be re-shaping the country’s political and religious landscape, based both on an interview with PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones and findings from PRRI’s 2013 Economic Values Survey. America’s Religious Right, one of the mightiest political forces in the country over the past three decades, is on course to be superseded by a new power bloc: the Religious Left. A... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Will Russia Lift Gay Ban for Olympics?

Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s morning dose of religion-related news with a shot of data – because what doesn’t liven up a morning round-up like some public opinion numbers?  A woman in Germany just gave birth to a baby weighing 13.5 pounds…without a C-section. Yikes. Not surprisingly, the mother wasn’t available for comment. After an angry outbursts exploded on Twitter by people who objected to Latino Americans Sebastien De... more … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Pledges to Not Judge Gay Priests, Calls for New Role for Women

Pope Francis once again is shifting the tone of discussions on church doctrine to promote a more inclusive approach to Catholicism, this time with candid remarks about gay and lesbian people and women’s place in the church. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Francis told reporters during an informal press conference July 29, adding that gay and... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Why are Millennials Leaving Church?

Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s morning dose of religion-related news with a shot of data – because what doesn’t liven up a morning round-up like some public opinion numbers?  Guess which farm animal is as intelligent and emotionally complex as a dog? (Apologies to those of you enjoying your morning bacon…) Pope Francis is making headlines again today. In speaking about gay and lesbian people, including gay priests, the... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Pope Draws Millions to Rio Beach Mass

Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s morning dose of religion-related news with a shot of data – because what doesn’t liven up a morning round-up like some public opinion numbers?  Echolocation is not just for Flipper anymore, as scientists have developed a way for humans to see with sound. How cool is that? Pope Francis closed out his week-long visit to Brazil for World Youth Day with a mass on the... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Could Religious Liberals Form a New Moral Majority?

Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s morning dose of religion-related news with a shot of data – because what doesn’t liven up a morning round-up like some public opinion numbers?  Craig Gross, pastor of XXX Church, says in a new op-ed for CNN that Anthony “Carlos Danger” Weiner’s continued indiscretions suggest a serious sexting addiction. Our data shows 76 percent of Americans believe sending sexually explicit messages by email or... more … [Read more...]

William Galston: Do You Need God to Have Good Values?

Brookings Institution scholar and co-author of the 2013 Economic Values Survey report William Galston offered up some interesting insights about Americans’ views on the relationship between religion and morality during the report’s July 18 launch and panel discussion at Brookings. “If you look at the country as a whole, it’s split almost down the middle,” Galston said, pointing out that a slim majority “agree that it’s necessary to believe in... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | 100 Million People Carry Bible in Back Pocket

Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s morning dose of religion-related news with a shot of data – because what doesn’t liven up a morning round-up like some public opinion numbers?  Feeling distracted already this morning? Check out this new app, appropriately called SelfControl, to block social media sites for up to 24 hours. The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank in Washington, has put out a new video that highlights... more … [Read more...]

E.J. Dionne: Support for Greater Economic Equality among the Faithful; Doubts about Government Remain

    Brookings Institution scholar and co-author of the 2013 Economic Values Survey E.J. Dionne contributed significantly to the conversation on the report’s findings during the July 18 launch event and panel discussion at Brookings, highlighting in particular the relationship between religion and social justice. “Among people of faith in general, there is strong support for greater economic fairness and compassion toward those in need,” he said, adding that the... more … [Read more...]


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