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The early May Pew Research report on religious trends in America has kindled a firestorm of commentary—attacking and defending, challenging and lamenting, gloating and grieving. But is it telling us anything new? In 2010, Patheos conducted a summer-long Future of World Religions conversation in which religion experts, practitioners, leaders, sociologists, and the faithful of many traditions weighed in on the prospects of religious belief.

Now, five years later, Patheos revisits this conversation focusing particularly on the Future of Faith in America. While global religious trends may push the futures of different religious traditions in certain directions, the Pew Report indicates unique trends for the American context with its shifting moral expectations, new definitions of family, and ongoing conflicts regarding personal and religious liberties. Where is faith going in America? What will be the religious landscape in five more years? How will a growing “spiritual but not religious” population or the emerging Atheist movements shape the contours of belief?

Essays will address such issues as politic alliances, emerging theological shifts, denominational growth and decline, family, technology, leadership challenges, interfaith movements, pop culture, cross-religion influences, and economic shifts.

Symposium Schedule:

  1. July 1, Eastern Religions
  2. July 8, Judaism
  3. July 15, Catholicism
  4. July 22, Evangelicalism
  5. July 29, Progressive Christianity
  6. August 5, Mormonism
  7. August 12, Islam
  8. August 19, Humanism
  9. August 26, New Religions

Come back soon to find out the future of your faith.


Sections

New Religions

New Religions

As America continues to diversify, it develops and welcomes the rise of new religious traditions, some of them recoveries of ancient religions and some new approaches to old religions. Patheos explores the future of Christian Science, Unitarian Universalism, Paganism, Scientology, and Baha'i.

Humanism

Humanism

Patheos writers explore life without religion and the future of atheist, humanist, and secularist influences in American society.

Islam

Islam

Patheos considers the future of Islam in the American context and weighs the Islamophobia and issues of global terrorism against a growing uniquely American expression of Islam.

Mormonism

Mormonism

Patheos writers consider the many cultural, institutional, and doctrinal challenges facing the future of Mormonism in America, and celebrate its growth and its mission.

Progressive Christianity

Progressive Christianity

Patheos writers explore the landscape of Progressive Christian faith in America and consider its challenges both within the church and without.

Evangelicalism

Evangelicalism

Patheos writers explore the shifting dynamics of Evangelicalism in America — culturally, politically, and theologically.

Catholicism

Catholicism

Patheos writers reflect on the challenges the Catholic Church in America has faced over the last decade and consider the trajectory of Church over the next five years.

Judaism

Judaism

Patheos explores the latest Pew Research report about religion in America and considers the future of Jewish faith and practice.

Eastern Religions

Eastern Religions

Patheos explores the latest Pew Research report about religion in America and considers the future of Eastern faith and practice.

Religion in America

Religion in America

Patheos writers explore the current climate of religion and faith in the United States, addressing trends, providing context, and evaluating the repercussions of a shifting religious landscape.

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