American Christians scramble for silver lining in Pew religion poll


Pew Research report shows Catholics and Evangelicals both declining, but it’s still good news, they say. Or at least Ryan Bell and Dan ArelAmericans are losing their religion. At least that is what a new study released this week by Pew Research has shown. The study polled more than 35,000 Americans from all 50 states and mapped changes to the country’s religious diversity over the past eight years.The study found, to many people’s surprise, that religiously unaffiliated adults … [Read more...]

Can progressive religion claim the center?

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During the long and interesting conversation around the relative merits of NALT Christians, the larger issues of "progressive Christianity" came up. Many Christians expressed that they are involved in NALT because they want to combat the notion that all Christians are anti-LGBT. Like the It Gets Better project, participants make videos expressing their faith in progressive and inclusive ways.In the midst of that conversation I read a very interesting piece on Religion Dispatches by my friend … [Read more...]

I apologize, I mischaracterized NALT

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**So as to avoid sanitizing history I have left my original post intact, with a note pointing to this correction.Two days ago I wrote a post here called "Please, let's not start with the #NotAllChristians foolishness." In that post I used NALT (Not All Like That), a project co-founded by John Shore, as an example of Christians who are saying, "Not all Christians are like that." I did that hastily because of the close similarity of Not All Like That and Not All Christians. I confess that … [Read more...]

Please, let’s not start with the #NotAllChristians foolishness

The #NotAllMen meme has been running its course over the past few weeks with helpful responses from #YesAllWomen who remind us all (but especially men) that while not all men are misogynistic jerks, all women are subjected to those who are. I actually think the notion that not all men are misogynistic deserves to be challenged. I consider myself to be a feminist. I actively work to challenge and correct instances of patriarchy wherever I witness them. But as any of the women who are close to me … [Read more...]

Are atheists ‘switchers,’ too?


The fact that a majority of religious Americans switch religions at some point during their lifetime has been well documented. But what about atheists? How many people who are raised without faith and religion remain so throughout their lifetime. An article at yesterday entitled "Your atheism isn't going to keep your kids from believing in God," draws on a 2008 Pew Religious Landscape Survey that indicates that only 46% of those raised "unaffiliated" remain so as adults. Of course, " … [Read more...]

New poll: Attitudes toward religion sour with advanced education

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A new poll out today from WIN/Gallup International addresses the question of whether or not religion plays a positive role in society. The results are mixed and tend to confirm what we have generally come to expect.Overall, 59% of respondents said that religion plays a positive role in society while only 22% say it plays a negative role, for net positive* of 37%. Taken as a whole, the world is still very religious and most see this as a positive thing.As soon as you drill down a bit … [Read more...]