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US Churches Receive Less Trust Yet More Money Than Ever

Giving USA and Gallup find new records in opposite directions.
US Churches Receive Less Trust Yet More Money Than Ever

Americans may be losing their religion, but they’re still willing to fill up the collection plate.

A new report from Giving USA found that Americans gave a record $114.9 billion to religious groups last year, a 2.5 percent increase in current dollars (and a 0.9 percent ...

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A Lament for Charleston: What Makes This Mass Shooting Different

Christians respond to the deadly attack at a South Carolina church.
A Lament for Charleston: What Makes This Mass Shooting Different
Eric Thayer / Getty

Among the startling details in America’s latest mass shooting was the location: a church Bible study.

A gunman killed nine people from a historic African American congregation in Charleston on Wednesday. The incident is the deadliest church attack in decades.

Violence ...

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Here's How Many Pope Francis Fans Disagree with Him on Global Warming

Stats on how persuasive environment encyclical might be.
Here's How Many Pope Francis Fans Disagree with Him on Global Warming
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It's clear that the first papal encyclical on climate change is receiving massive attention. What's less clear is who will find its exhortation on creation care persuasive—particularly among evangelicals.

White evangelicals increasingly agree that global warming ...

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Leaving Baptist in Your Church Name Won't Scare People Away

Americans favor Baptist, Catholic churches more than nondenominational congregations.
Leaving Baptist in Your Church Name Won't Scare People Away
Flickr / laurenprofeta

Last year, the National Association of Evangelicals asked its members if they included denominational affiliation in the name of their church. Well over half—63 percent—said they did not.

It’s a tricky line to walk. Naming your denomination may come across ...

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Died: John ‘Jack’ Templeton Jr., Billionaire Philanthropist Who Backed Science-Religion Research

Leader died two days before $1.7 million Templeton Prize was awarded to Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche communities.
Died: John ‘Jack’ Templeton Jr., Billionaire Philanthropist Who Backed Science-Religion Research
Templeton Foundation

John “Jack” Templeton Jr., who took over the foundation that his wealthy investor father created in 1987, died on Saturday, May 16, at his home in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He was 75.

The cause of death was cancer, according to a family member. Templeton died ...

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Pew: Evangelicals Stay Strong as Christianity Crumbles in America

Amid changing US religious landscape, Christians ‘decline sharply’ as unaffiliated rise. But born-again believers aren't to blame.
Pew: Evangelicals Stay Strong as Christianity Crumbles in America
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The main methods for measuring American faith are flawed.

So thinks the Pew Research Center, which today released the second wave of a massive study designed to “fill the gap” left by the United States census (no questions on religion), the self-reporting of ...

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Many Evangelicals Wary of Faith Requirements for Campus Groups

But few Americans want ministries like InterVarsity punished for sticking to convictions.
Many Evangelicals Wary of Faith Requirements for Campus Groups
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA

For campus ministries like InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, choosing student leaders is a bit like finding a new pastor.

What those students believe—and how they behave—is an essential part of the job.

That’s just how religious groups operate, says ...

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Having Gay Friends Changes Evangelicals' Minds on Marriage, But Not Morality

LifeWay looks at how many support legal same-sex unions they view as sinful.
Having Gay Friends Changes Evangelicals' Minds on Marriage, But Not Morality
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One simple question often determines how Americans view same-sex marriage: “Do you have gay or lesbian friends?”

Those who do have such friends are twice as likely to say same-sex marriage should be legal as those who do not, according to a phone survey of 2,000 ...

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Here’s the Best Prediction Yet of How Christianity and Islam Will Change Worldwide by 2050

Pew Research examines influence of births vs. conversions, and how China could change everything.
Here’s the Best Prediction Yet of How Christianity and Islam Will Change Worldwide by 2050
David Evers / Flickr

Christianity will gain three times more converts than any other world religion in the coming decades. Yet it will also lose 11 times more members than any other.

If fertility rates, the size of youth populations, and rates of religion switching remain the same, Christianity ...

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Bible Influences Only 1 in 10 Evangelicals on Immigration Reform

Christians are divided over whether immigrants are drain on resources or an opportunity to share Jesus.
Bible Influences Only 1 in 10 Evangelicals on Immigration Reform
Flickr / Britt Selvitelle

When it comes to immigration reform, American evangelicals want it all.

Nine out of 10 want more border security. Six in 10 support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. More than two-thirds favor both. And they want Congress to take action soon.

Those are ...

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What To Give Up for Lent? Twitter Reveals Top 100 Ideas of 2015

(UPDATED) Here's what 409,000 people pledged to fast from for the next 40 days.
What To Give Up for Lent? Twitter Reveals Top 100 Ideas of 2015
OpenBible.info

[Updated Feb. 23 with final total from Ash Wednesday week.]

Nearly one in five Americans observed Lent last year. This year, more than 400,000 tweeted about their fast.

Food and technology remained the most popular categories that tweeting Americans reported giving up ...

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Blessed Are the Super Bowl Stars?

Like Russell Wilson, most believe God rewards faithful athletes.
Blessed Are the Super Bowl Stars?
Larry Maurer / Flickr

A majority of Americans—53 percent—believe God rewards faithful athletes with good health and success, up last year’s 48 percent, according to a new study from Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI).

Confidence in God’s favor rose among every ...

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Roll Tide and Read Your Bible: Alabama Ranks No. 1 for Scripture Lovers

Southern states dominate annual list of Bible-minded cities.
Roll Tide and Read Your Bible: Alabama Ranks No. 1 for Scripture Lovers
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The Bible Belt lived up to its name as Southern locales topped the American Bible Society (ABS) and Barna Group’s annual list of Bible-minded cities, with Birmingham, Alabama, earning the No. 1 spot.

The rankings, based on a city’s Bible reading habits and beliefs, ...

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Sunday Morning Segregation: Most Worshipers Feel Their Church Has Enough Diversity

LifeWay survey finds only a third of Americans have worshiped as a minority, and half didn't last a year.
Sunday Morning Segregation: Most Worshipers Feel Their Church Has Enough Diversity
LifeWay Research

Sunday morning remains one of the most segregated hours in American life, with more than 8 in 10 congregations made up of one predominant racial group.

And most worshipers think their church is fine the way it is.

Two-thirds of American churchgoers (67 percent) say their ...

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'Not Forgotten': The Top 50 Countries Where It's Most Difficult To Be A Christian

Open Doors says 2014 saw the worst persecution of Christians in the 'modern era'—but not because of violence.
'Not Forgotten': The Top 50 Countries Where It's Most Difficult To Be A Christian
Courtesy of Open Doors

New research reveals one more reason to remember 2014: for the greatest number of religious freedom violations against Christians worldwide in recent memory—even in Christian-majority countries. Of the worst 50 nations, 4 out of 5 share the same primary cause. And, ...

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